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Ex-husband accused of killing missing Army veteran pleads not guilty in Rancho Cucamonga court

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

The man accused of killing his ex-wife — an Army veteran from San Diego — pleaded not guilty to charges of murder Monday, Nov. 6, in West Valley Superior court in Rancho Cucamonga, according to court records.

Dalen Larry Ware, 39, was first arrested on Oct. 13 in Arizona with help from the Phoenix police and the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force. He was returned to California late last month to stand trial.

Despite the charges, the body of Julia Jacobson, 37, and her dog, Boogie, have yet to be found, Ontario police officials said.

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Jacobson’s family reported her missing Sept. 2. On that morning, Jacobson was seen at a 7-Eleven in San Diego. Later that day, her debit card activity placed her at a gas station in Ontario, according to San Diego and Ontario police.

For weeks, San Diego police searched for Jacobson, following up on all credible tips that began to flood the office and those forwarded by the family.

After several weeks of searching, Ontario detectives returned to a major piece of evidence both agencies agreed could hold more information: Jacobson’s vehicle, which was found a few blocks from her home a few days after she went missing. The keys were in the ignition.

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Ontario detectives did another forensic search of the vehicle and discovered new evidence that resulted in the conclusion Jacobson had been killed, officials said.

Ware is expected back in court Jan. 22, 2018.

Jacobson is described as 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, white, with blond hair and brown eyes. Her dog is a 42-pound wheaten terrier.

Investigators ask anyone who may have seen Ware, Jacobson or both to contact the Ontario Police […]    

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