Ontario detectives find bodies of woman, dog in shallow grave near Cactus City rest stop – Orange County Register

Ontario police detectives searching near a Cactus City rest stop for at least three days say they discovered the bodies of a female and a dog in a shallow grave Friday, which they say appear to be the remains of Julia Jacobson, a San Diego woman who went missing in September with her dog, Boogie.

The remains were found near Box Canyon Road about two exits from the rest stop, according to Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee.

Dalen Ware, Jacobson’s ex-husband who was arrested and charged in the slaying, led detectives to the area, police said in a news release.

With the help of several agencies, including the San Diego Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, the Riverside County Sheriff Department and the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Fugitive Task Force, officials say Jacobson was finally found.

Army veteran Julia Jacobson, 37, and Boogie went missing Sept. 2 and was last seen in the Ontario area, according to police. After a weeks-long investigation, Jacobson’s ex-husband, Dalen Larry Ware, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Oct. 13 in Arizona with help from the Phoenix police and the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force. He was brought back to California in late October and pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Nov. 6, in West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.

A friend said the couple was married for only about a year. There was evidence that Ware and Jacobson may have still been seeing each other, although detectives said family told investigators their relationship was strictly platonic.

Jacobson’s family reported her missing Sept. 2. Earlier that morning, Jacobson was seen at a 7-Eleven in San Diego. Later that same day, her debit card activity placed her at a gas station in Ontario, according to San Diego and Ontario police.

For weeks, San Diego police searched for Jacobson, following up on all credible tips that began to flood the office and those forwarded by the family. Eventually, the case was handed over to Ontario police, since she was last seen in the city.

Ontario detectives returned to a major piece of evidence that both agencies agreed could hold more information: Jacobson’s vehicle, which was found a few blocks from her home a few days after she went missing. The keys were in the ignition.

Ontario police detectives did another forensic search of the vehicle and discovered new evidence that resulted in the conclusion Jacobson had been killed.

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