Police Wednesday scoured the desert near the Cactus City rest area for the remains of a retired Army captain from San Diego who is missing and presumed to be dead.
Julia Jacobson, 37, went missing along with her terrier, Boogie, in early September after telling friends she was traveling to Big Bear via the Coachella Valley.
Neither Jacobson, nor the dog, have been found, but Ontario police arrested her ex-husband, Dalen Larry Ware on suspicion of murder at his Laveen, Arizona home last month.
More than 120 personnel from the Ontario Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department took part in Wednesday’s search efforts.
Police did not disclose what led them to search the area, a six-square mile expanse south of Interstate 10 and about 14 miles east of the Interstate 10/state Route 86 interchange.
Search efforts concluded late Wednesday afternoon without success, and officials could not immediately be reached to comment on whether the search would resume Thursday in the area.
Jacobson, a corporate real estate broker for 7-Eleven who twice deployed to Iraq during her military career, was last seen on the morning of Sept. 2 at a San Diego-area 7-Eleven.
That night, she texted friends that she was in the Palm Springs area and planned to travel on to Big Bear.
Her car was found five days later, abandoned in the 2600 block of Monroe Avenue in San Diego, a half-mile from her home, with the keys in the ignition and the windows all partially rolled down.
A forensic analysis of the car led police to believe that Jacobson was murdered, according to Ontario police.
–City News Service
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