Police are now considering whether a Long Island woman who went missing in April may have been murdered after her remains turned up in Florida last week.
Jenna Jacobsen, 20, had traveled to Florida to seek treatment at a substance abuse facility in Broward County, her father, Chris Jacobsen, told WPTV, an NBC affiliate based in West Palm Peach. After the facility closed down without warning, Jenna planned to transfer to a West Palm Beach facility, her father said. She never made it there.
“They made it as far as Lake Worth, there was an altercation, and she disappeared,” he told the outlet.
Jenna was last seen on April 25 in the area of Lake Worth Beach, ABC affiliate WPBF reports, citing a missing person’s report.
Investigators uncovered human remains in a wooded area of Lantana last week, WPTV reports. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office then confirmed on Sunday, June 3 that what they found were the bones of Jenna Jacobsen.
A medical examiner concluded the young woman died of “undetermined means,” authorities said. Detectives have since launched a homicide investigation into her death as her loved ones continue to search for answers.
Chris is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or people responsible for his daughter’s death, WPTV reports.
"Please bring them to justice so she can rest easy and we can have closure on this," he said. "To be victimized like this is just beyond words that I can explain."
Sheriff’s deputies say that they last spotted Jenna with Zachary Davis, 26, in an area frequented by substance abusers, according to probable cause documents obtained by WPBF. Davis, who police say had a warrant out for his arrest in New York, allegedly ran from authorities when they tried to handcuff him, but he was ultimately subdued and taken in to custody. It was the last time anyone would see Jenna.
Anyone with information regarding Jenna Jacobson’s death is encouraged to reach out to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
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