Pennsylvania State Police discovered partial remains body in a storage facility in the Frankford nieghborhood of Philadelphia Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, according to police documents and news reports, based on a tip on a missing persons investigation from Montoursville.
A woman “walked into state police barracks and told troopers about the whereabouts of remains of a missing mother of two,” according to media reports.
Brenda L. Jacobs of the Williamsport area, has been missing since 2003. According to the missing persons report for Jacobs, she was last heard from on December 29, 2003. Brenda was 37 or 38 when she was last seen, making her 52 or 53 currently. She left behind two children. At the time of her disappearance, Jacobs was known to be living in and around the Williamsport City/Montoursville Borough area. Jacobs is entered into the National Missing Person Database, and is also wanted by the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office.
A report in the Inquirer says the remains are yet unidentified, but police are attempting to identfy the victim through “investigative means.”
A report from 3CBS Philly said police suspect the remains belong to Brenda Jacobs, who was a former girlfriend of Jade Gillette Babcock, 49. Babcock, formerly of Montoursville, has been arrested, charged with abuse of a corpse and related offenses, according to reports.
Police say Babcock has a long history of criminal activity including making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, simple assault, harassment, and public drunkenness, dating back to the mid 1990s.
A kywnewsradio report indicates that police found partial remains of a woman in a box at the Philadelphia storage unit, and that the victim’s legs had been removed.
Lycoming County Investigators are now working with Philadelphia police to determine if the remains discovered at the storage facility are connected to the legs discovered on the banks of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River on May 11, 2019.
Fishermen discovered the body parts--a right and left leg, severed cleanly near the knee joints --about 75 yards part betwen the Hepburn Street pump station and Maynard Street. Those remains were sent to a forensic anthropologist for examination. Dennis Dirkmaat at Mercyhurst University in Erie determined the legs to be that of an adult white female, approximately 5”-5”6’ in height.
This is a developing story. NorthcentralPa.com will update with details as they become available.