Human remains found in a shallow grave in desert in Riverside County are thought to be people of a San Diego girl whose ex-husband is accused of murdering her, police said.
Julia Jacobsen, her Wheaten terrier, Boogie, and a 37-year-old retired Army captain, vanished over Labor Day weekend.
Together with the corpse of a woman, police also located the remains of a dog in the tomb, said Cpl. Fred Alvarez of the Ontario Police Department, which was exploring Jacobsen’s disappearance.
He said the identity of the woman will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
The grim discovery came two days after 140 or so police officers in Ontario and San Diego, sheriff’s deputies from Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and a U.S. Marshals task force started searching for Jacobsen’s body from the expanse of the desert in Cactus City, about 10 miles east of Indo.
Alvarez said information detectives received from Jacobsen’s ex-husband, Dale Ware, who has been charged with murder in her supposed departure, led police to the remote area.
In an email to the Union-Tribune, Ware’s lawyer, Steve Cline, said his customer on Friday voluntarily revealed police “the place he had murdered (Jacobsen)” — with no plea bargain or promise of leniency.
The tomb was found south of Interstate 10 near Box Canyon Road morning, Alvarez said.
“For everyone here, including volunteers, our biggest thing is that it is somebody’s daughter, someone’s sister,” Alvarez said by telephone Friday evening. “It’s very important for us to get them closed.”
Jacobsen, whose friends said she served two tours in Iraq, was last seen in Ontario on Sept. 2.
According to a felony complaint against Ware, police believe Jacobson was killed on Sept. 3 in San Bernardino County.
Her SUV was found abandoned with the secrets inside on Sept. 7 in North Park, not far from her house, according to Facebook articles about her disappearance. Police said evidence found in the vehicle.
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