A 37-year-old war veteran was murdered by her ex-husband and buried near a highway along with her dog, authorities say.
KTLA reports that police on Friday morning found the body of Julia Jacobson in a shallow grave.
Investigators in October had arrested her former husband, Dalen Ware, at his Arizona home on suspicion of killing Jacobson, even though they didn’t have a body at the time.
Ware eventually led police to the location of the remains, which was near 10 Freeway and Box Canyon Road in an area known as “Cactus City,” the television station reports.
Jacobson’s dog, Boogie, was discovered with her.
Earlier this week, more than 120 police officers began searching a six-square-mile section of land for Jacobson, according to CBS News.
Jacobson’s family suspected Ware’s involvement ever since she went missing in September, the Daily Mail reports. Jacobson reportedly texted friends on Sept. 2 that she was in Palm Springs and would be going to Big Bear later; investigators believe she was killed the following day.
Her sports utility vehicle was discovered by her San Diego home days later. Forensic analysts found evidence that led police to believe she had been killed, according to KFBM-TV.
Jacobson was a retired Army captain who had served two tours of duty in Iraq. She later worked for 7-Eleven’s corporate office.
She and Ware divorced in 2016 citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, which also reported that Ware had a history of domestic violence.
Police have not yet disclosed what may have motivated the killing.
[Feature image: Facebook/Julia Jacobson]