A female U.S. Army veteran who was a captain and served two tours in Iraq has gone missing and police have said that the facts with her case are very suspicious.
The veteran, Julia Jacobson has been missing for 26 days from San Diego was last seen in Ontario, CA around 8:00 PM with her dog, Boogie. She texted a friend saying she was headed to Big Bear but we don’t know if she ever made it there. Julia’s vehicle (2017 Chevy Equinox) was found 1/2 from her house with keys in it and unlocked.
Did she run away? Did she get lost hiking? Or was she kidnapped?
A distraught family in agony, and a little boy lost.
Julia is the youngest of the four Jacobson siblings. But to her big sister Casey, she’s the tough one. And big brother Tony says that willingness to do anything is one reason Julia joined the Army after she graduated from college.
“We were always very proud of her for doing that and the fact that she wanted to go and make an impact around the world,” said Tony Jacobson. “That’s the sister I know.”
Who wouldn’t be proud of a sister who quickly rose to captain, did two tours in Iraq and performed top-secret missions?
“We do have a great picture of her in Iraq and she’s holding a large sum of money,” said Casey Jacobson. “Basically her job, she was a finance captain and so she flew around in helicopters and gave money to various people.”
Those packages were filled with thousands of dollars in cash. After her hitch was over, Julia went to work for a convenience store chain. And then she married a guy.
“Julia didn’t really speak about him much,” said Julia’s brother Tony.
He remained a mystery man to the family.
“She was living in Denver when she met him, and I think it was some way through social media, I’m not sure how,” said Casey.
Casey says the marriage to the amateur mixed-martial-arts fighter didn’t last very long.
“He never really had gainful employment and she was just tired of supporting him,” said Casey.
Julia Jacobson’s divorce had been final for less than a year when her mother was dying from cancer. Casey says her mom’s battle brought her back together in a strange way with her ex-husband.
“She was in contact with him a little bit in that he watched her dog,” said Casey.
“She did at least say he seemed to be making amends and seeing the errors of his ways, whatever that meant,” said Tony.
Julia’s focus was on an exciting new job offer in Texas. Before she moved she wanted to visit Palm Springs, Calif., about 140 miles from San Diego.
So on Labor Day weekend just weeks ago, Julia and her dog Boogie were up at the crack of dawn.
“She was seen at 6:30 in the morning in San Diego at a 7-Eleven,” said Casey. “She was wearing shorts and a tank top.”
An image from a surveillance camera is the last known picture of her.
Casey Jacobson says the family first knew something was wrong when Julia didn’t make her daily call to her father.
“Julia was very, very close to my father and called him every day to check on him,” said Casey.
The family allowed Crime Watch Daily into Julia’s apartment: Nothing out of place. It looked as if she had every intention to return home.
The tracking device on her car was triggered and cops found the vehicle five days later on a corner a half-mile from her home.
“Her car was unlocked, which was very unusual because she’s been broken into a couple times,” said Casey.
And in the car they found something strange: the windows were all down at different levels. “The windows were down and the keys were inside,” said Casey.
Several hours after she left home, Julia was spotted in Ontario, California. Oddly that’s in the opposite direction of Palm Springs.
“In that Ontario sighting as well, police have told us that Boogie was with her,” said Casey.
As hours turned into days, the family took matters into their own hands. They didn’t have to go far to find a private investigator. Julia’s older brother John is a P.I.
“He came out here, looked through her house to see if there were any clues about where she might have been or who she was with,” said Casey. “There was a camera located fairly close to where her vehicle was found. The video would show the intersection of where the car might have traveled.”
Could her ex-husband be on that video? Sources tell Crime Watch Daily he told cops he saw Julia on the day she went missing. But we’re told he is cooperating with investigators and is not a suspect or a person of interest.
All San Diego Police can tell us is that this is an active case and they want to find Julia Jacobson.
There have been candlelight vigils in Julia’s hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota, and San Diego, pleading for her safe return.
Anyone with information about where Julia Jacobson might be is urged to call the San Diego Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (619) 531-2277. Or you can submit a tip anonymously to Crime Watch Daily.
For more information on the search for Julia, visit Help Find Julia Jacobson Facebook page.
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