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Remains found in storage unit may be mom of two missing for 15 years, Penn. cops say

A missing persons tip may have led police to a shocking discovery in Pennsylvania.

Brenda Jacobs, a mother of two, went missing from her Montoursville home more than 15 years ago in December 2003, WCAU reported. She was 37 years old at the time.

Now, police say they believe they’ve found her remains in a storage unit in Philadelphia. The discovery was made Monday afternoon following a missing persons tip, WNEP reported

The remains have not been formally identified but Jacobs’ ex-boyfriend, Jade Babcock, 49, was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse among other charges, KYW-TV reported.

Babcock’s neighbors watched as officials descended on his home, raising for them a number of questions.

“If he did something like that, you kind of wonder, where was that body all that time?” neighbor Cathie Gilbert said, according to Pennsylvania Homepage. “The one thing that I do hope that, especially for the victim’s family, if this is all that they say, that’s a long time. I pray for them and hope that they get closure that they need.”

Police have not released any information as to the extent of Babcock’s involvement in the disappearance of Jacobs, KYW-TV reported.

“She was a happy go lucky girl,” Brenda’s brother Randy Jacobs said, WCAU reported. “I’m feeling more relieved for the kids.”

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.
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