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Ex-boyfriend of Penn. woman who went missing 15 years ago confesses to murder after remains found in Philly storage unit

2019-09-19

The legless body of a woman found in a Philadelphia storage unit likely belongs to Brenda Jacobs, who was last seen in 2003, according to officials.

Jacobs wasn’t reported missing until 2013.

Police found the remains based on a tip from Jacobs’ ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Jade Babcock, 49, confessed to Jacobs’ murder, according to Penn Live.

Babcock was arrested for abuse of corpse, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence and is being held without bail. An additional charge of murder is expected, but not before the remains are positively identified.

“When there is no swift resolution to an investigation, perpetrators do begin to believe that they can get away with murder,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement. "With the help of our State Police, that won’t be true for Jade Babcock. May those who have been missing and mourning Brenda Jacobs for years know some peace in the very near future.”

In May, human legs sawed off at the knee were found near the Susquehanna River in Williamsport and officials are now investigating whether they belong to Babcock.