Retired Army Capt. Julia Jacobson and her Wheaten terrier, Boogie, went missing on September 2. Her ex-husband, Dalen Ware, was arrested in connection with their disappearance shortly thereafer. Now, police believe they have discovered the bodies of Jacobson and Boogie in a shallow grave in Riverside, California.
According to The Huffington Post, the grave was discovered by a search dog on Friday. Official identification of the body is pending and an autopsy has not yet been completed.
Jacobson's SUV had been found near her home with the keys inside shortly after she vanished. Evidence found inside the car led police to believe she had been killed.
Jacobson had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Bosnia as a finance officer, according to her obituary. She had been awarded the Bronze Star for her service.
A motive for the killing remains unclear. She had divorced Ware last year, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Ware has previously been involved in domestic abuse situations: a girlfriend had filed a restraining order against him in 2014.
“He would tell me he isn’t stupid enough to leave a mark on me ‘cause he knows I… would call the police,” the woman had written in documents filed in Riverside Superior Court. “[He] is going to seriously hurt me if given the opportunity."
Police believe Jacobson was murdered the same day she disappeared.
“For everybody here, including volunteers, our biggest thing is that it’s somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister,” Ontario police spokesman Cpl. Fred Alvarez told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s very important for us to get them closure.”