Though the body of 37-year-old Army veteran Julia Jacobson has not yet been found, police now believe they know what happened to the San Diego, California, woman who has been missing since September 2 — when she was last seen at about 6:30 a.m. on surveillance footage taken at a 7-11 convenience store in Ontario, California, according to a KGTV News report. At about 9:30 that evening, she sent a text message to a friend saying that she was in Palm Springs. But if indeed the text was actually sent by Jacobson, that was the last anyone ever heard from her.
She was also reportedly spotted at about 8 p.m. that same night in Ontario. Jacobson, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was employed by the corporate offices of the 7-11 convenience store chain.
On the 7-11 surveillance tape, she was seen accompanied by her beloved 42-pound terrier named Boogie. But Boogie also disappeared at the same time as Jacobson. Tragically, police now believe that the retired Army captain is dead, and that her dog was killed along with her, according to a report by KNBN TV News in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jacobson formerly resided in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Police say that they believe Jacobson was murdered the day after the text was sent, in Ontario, according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
But her car, a white Chevrolet Equinox, was found five days after Jacobson was last seen, in an area not far from her home in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego, according to the Union-Tribune report. Police said that evidence gathered from the car — which was found unlocked with windows rolled down and keys still in the ignition — led them to conclude that Jacobson and her dog had been killed.
Police, however, would not publicly reveal the nature of the evidence found in the vehicle — nor have they yet said why, in their opinion, Jacobson was murdered.
On Monday of this week, 44 days after Jacobson and Boogie were last seen, police in Phoenix, Arizona, working in tandem with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, took 39-year-old Dalen Ware into custody at his home in the Laveen neighborhood of Phoenix, according to an Arizona Republic newspaper report.
Police identified Ware as Jacobson’s ex-husband, and said that he will be transferred from Arizona to San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center in California next week. He was booked on suspicion of murdering Julia Jacobson. Despite the arrest, however, police remained mum about a possible motive in the murder. But investigation by a local TV news station revealed what appeared to be a high level of anger between Jacobson and Ware over money, after she filed for divorce in March of 2016.
Arrest of Ex-Husband Dalen Ware made in Missing San Diego Woman Julia Jacobson’s Suspected Murder. pic.twitter.com/TVKcLZSwxF
— Ontario Police Dept. (@OntarioPD) October 17, 2017
Following his arrest, KGTV investigated Ware’s past and uncovered what the station’s report called “a history of abuse.” The news station also discovered chilling emails sent by Ware to Jacobson in the weeks before her presumed murder — emails in which the former couple appear to be quarreling over money, and Ware directly threatens his former wife.
In one email Ware tells Jacobson, “Revenge will be mine. You will wish you lost $65,000 again.”
Watch the KGTV News report in the video below.
Ware had remarried and was living with his new wife in Phoenix at the time of his arrest. He has apparently not revealed the location of his ex-wife’s body, or that of her pet Terrier, because police continue to ask for the public’s help in locating the missing woman and her dog.
“It is our hope we will find Julia and Boogie soon, but we need help and tips from the public because we do not know where she is,” Ontario Police Detective Melissa Ramirez said earlier this week.
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