Candlelight vigil held for missing Army veteran

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday night as the search for a missing U.S. Veteran continues. 

37-year-old Julia Jacobson was last seen Labor Day weekend at a Serra Mesa 7-Eleven, according to a social media page dedicated to finding her. 

Concerned friends, neighbors and community volunteers canvass neighborhoods around Jacobson’s Idaho Street home last weekend in hopes of jogging a crucial memory from someone who may have seen her over the last week. That canvass has yet to bring up any addition information. . 

Jacobson’s company car, a white Chevrolet Equinox, was found abandoned two weeks ago on the 2600 block of Monroe Avenue, a few blocks from her home, with the keys in the ignition and the windows all partially rolled down.

Police subsequently determined that Jacobson — a corporate real estate broker for 7-Eleven who deployed to Iraq twice during her military career — had been in Ontario on Saturday night, SDPD Lt. Mike Holden said. Why she was there and whether she indeed had been in the Riverside County desert, as well, that evening remained under investigation, he said.

Detectives have spoken with Jacobson’s ex-husband, who lives in Arizona, and found him cooperative, according to Holden.

The missing woman’s older sister, Casey Jacobson of North Dakota, described the circumstances of her sibling’s disappearance as puzzling, saying the former servicewoman would never willingly leave her work vehicle unsecured with the ignition key and a company gas card inside.

Casey Jacobson also described it as odd that her sister would take a trip to the San Bernardino Mountains last weekend, since she recently secured a new job and had pressing arrangements to attend to regarding the change of employment.

Police did say a friend received text messages from Jacobson’s cell phone stating that she was in the Palm Springs area and planned to continue on to Big Bear but they haven’t heard from her since. 

The vigil will be held at 7:30 Sunday night at Ventura Cove Park in Mission Beach. All are welcome to attend and light a candle in support of the search for Jacobson. 

Categories: Local San Diego News