The case of a missing Army Veteran that gained national attention has come to a close after the remains of her body and her dog were found in a shallow grave on Friday, Dec. 1, Fox5 San Diego reported.
The bodies of Julia Jacobson and her box terrier dog, Boogie, were both found in a rural area inside Riverside County, California, the woman’s brother told Fox5.
Julia’s brother, Jon Jacobson said he received the news Friday morning during Julia’s funeral.
“The church was absolutely packed and halfway through the service, we got a call from the detective in San Diego letting us know her remains had been found and they were quite confident it was her,” he told Fox5 San Diego.
Police said they used a cadaver dog to help locate the shallow grave that was found just south of Interstate 10.
Although investigators have not fully confirmed the identities of the bodies, the brother said that detectives told family members they found them.
Julia was last seen in Ontario back on Sept. 2. Her friends said she had served two tours in Iraq. Her SUV was found abandoned with the keys still inside it on Sept. 7 in North Park, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Ontario police said they found evidence that led them to believe she was murdered.
Julia’s ex-husband, Dalen Ware was arrested at his home on Oct. 13 and is facing a murder charge.
Ware’s attorney told the San Diego Union-Tribune in an email that he voluntarily showed police “the place he had buried (Jacobsen)”, without any talks of a plea bargain or promise of leniency.
According to court records obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ware and Julia were married early in 2014 before they separated in March 2016.
Julia was the one who filed for divorce.
As of writing, authorities have not yet disclosed the motive behind the presumed murder.
In a Facebook post, Julia’s friend, Barbara Morichelli, wrote that she can now be peacefully laid to rest. She said Julia inspired others to be their best and actively volunteered in organizations for veterans and their families.
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