Divers with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department have found a human leg and other body parts at a marina in Whiskeytown Lake that are believed to be from a missing woman.
Bridget Jacobs, 38, was reported missing by her father March 20. Five days earlier, a woman was heard screaming on a 911 call that was made from her ex-husband’s cellphone, the Sheriff’s Department said.
During the last week, detectives conducted searches at the Brandy Creek Marina at Whiskeytown Lake and a residence in the 3800 block of Westridge Road in the town of Cottonwood.
During interviews with deputies, Jacobs’ ex-husband, Philip Jacobs, said his ex-wife had called 911 before falling down the stairs March 15 and breaking her neck, according to a news release.
Jacobs, 56, said he kept the body inside the residence until March 19. He then placed the body in a boat, towed the boat to Whiskeytown Lake, a popular recreation spot 8 miles west of Redding, and disposed of the body at the marina, the news release said. The remains were discovered on Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Department said a safe was found at the Cottonwood residence where Bridget Jacobs’ phone was located along with undisclosed evidence that foul play was involved.
Philip Jacobs was arrested on murder charges and taken to the Shasta County Jail. The couple’s marriage had lasted eight months and ended Dec. 7, according to The Associated Press. Both also had requested temporary restraining orders against each another, according to court records obtained by the AP.
Bridget Jacobs’ dog Abijah, a 4-year-old Pomeranian and Yorkshire mix, is still missing. Deputies said Philip Jacobs did not tell detectives what happened to the dog.
According to a news release, divers will continue looking for more remains early in the week, when improved water clarity is expected.
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