Family of missing North Park Army captain confirms her death, ex-husband charged with murder

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The ex-husband of a retired Army captain from San Diego who went missing over the Labor Day weekend has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her in San Bernardino County, authorities said Monday.

Dalen Larry Ware of Phoenix, Arizona, was taken into custody Friday at his home in connection with the presumed slaying of 37-year-old Julia Jacobson, according to police in Ontario, where she was sighted on the evening of Sept. 2.

Jacobson, whose body has not been found, had left her North Park home that morning along with her white-and-brown wheaten terrier, Boogie. Jacobson and the dog have remained missing since that day.

Ware will be transferred to San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center this week to await arraignment in the case, said Ontario police Detective Melissa Ramirez.

After San Diego police determined that Jacobson had gone to Ontario on the day she disappeared, authorities in San Bernardino County took over the case.

"Based on additional investigative actions, which included the forensic analysis of Jacobson’s car, detectives have reason to believe that Julia Jacobson was murdered,” Ramirez said. She did not elaborate.

Early on the morning of Sept. 2, Jacobson, a corporate real estate broker for 7-Eleven who deployed to Iraq twice during her military career, visited a Serra Mesa outlet of the convenience-store chain, according to family members.

That evening, 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.

Five days later, Jacobson’s company car was found abandoned in the 2600 block of Monroe Avenue in San Diego, a few blocks from her home, with the keys in the ignition and the windows all partially rolled down.

On a Facebook page that had been dedicated to finding Jacobson, her family posted an announcement this afternoon about the terrible news that they had received from Ontario police.

Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family has endured since our beloved sister and daughter Julia Jacobson went missing. It is truly incredible the way Julia’s family, friends, co-workers, employer and complete strangers have come together. We cannot overstate our sincere appreciation for all of those who have provided their prayers, support and resources.

However, it is with a heavy heart we must share that we were informed by the Ontario, CA Police Department that Julia and Boogie are deceased. The tireless work by both the San Diego and Ontario Police Departments have led to the arrest of Julia’s ex-husband, who has been charged in her murder.

The loss of Julia is beyond words. There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance and our sense of security are forever gone and our family’s hearts will be forever broken.

Thank you again to all of you for the incredible outpouring of love and support that our family has received. Even though Julia’s physical presence may be gone and taken from us far too soon, her capacity for love, inspirational spirit and laughter will live forever in the hearts and minds of all those that knew and loved her. This is just the beginning of a journey of healing that will continue for the foreseeable future as we continue to seek answers in her disappearance. 

Jake, Casey, Jon and Tony Jacobson

Anyone with information regarding her murder was asked to call the San Diego police at (619) 531-2000.

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