The birth of his daughter should have been the most perfect day of Kevin Jacobson's life. But when his little girl arrived July 2, he couldn't help but feel sadness that his mother wasn't there.
Susan Jacobson, Kevin's mother, remains missing more than two months after her disappearance. The 59- year-old Sun City Roseville resident was last seen early May 1 when she told her husband, Chris, that she was going grocery shopping and running errands.
Her car, with her purse inside, was found in an area parking lot after she was reported missing that evening. Her wallet minus cash and credit cards was found and turned in at a nearby coffee shop.
Kevin Jacobson is the only child of the Roseville couple, who have been married 35 years. With the police still unsure whether Jacobson was a victim of foul pay or vanished willingly, Kevin Jacobson cited his mother's anticipation of the birth of her first grandchild as evidence that she didn't leave on her own.
"She wasn't unhappy with my dad. She was excited about the grandbaby," he said.
He described his mother as a family-oriented person with few friends.
For their part, Roseville police investigators don't want to say the case has gone cold but it's not warm. They've scaled down the investigation to one officer and don't have many fresh leads to run down.
The Jacobsons know it looks bad, yet they struggle to keep their hopes high.
"It's been two months. You never know," Kevin Jacobson said. Soon afterward he admitted, "We understand the likelihood is not a good outcome."
The truth is they'd rather hear bad news than continue to endure the open wound.
"The family is just hoping for a conclusion," Kevin Jacobson said.
To that end, they've hired a private investigator to help drum up new leads. Jacobson said they want to do something, but also don't want to throw money away on haphazard searching.
"We have to pick this up," he said. "The police are going to move on."
Jacobson said he knows that most times when a wife goes missing the husband is the No. 1 suspect. It's something he has evaluated and rejected.
He said police went through the couple's email, phone records and home and found nothing that would point investigators in that direction.
"When you can't find anything, you always go back to the person that could have most easily done it. Let's be honest it's him," Kevin Jacobson said of his father.
Then he added, "Anybody who knows my dad knows he's not capable (of it)."
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