It started out as a missing person’s case in San Diego.
Former Army officer Julia Jacobson had disappeared along with her wheaten terrier Boogie.
But as the San Diego Police Department investigated, evidence soon led them to the Inland Empire.
Jacobson’s last known whereabouts were traced to Ontario, when her debit card was used at a convenience store on Sept. 2.
After that, everything in her name – credit cards, phone – went dark.
Her car, a white Chevrolet Equinox, was ditched in San Diego near her home.
Detectives did a forensic analysis on the car.
“We did find evidence that Julia was not missing by choice – that she had been murdered,” said Ontario detective Melissa Ramirez.
That’s when detectives started looking at the victim’s ex-husband, Dalen Ware.
“There’s been a lot of emotional abuse, a lot of physical abuse,” said Julia’s brother Jon.
There also was an indication there were still in frequent contact, with dozens of threats