Deputies: California man murdered Bishop Ludden grad, dropped her body in a lake

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. (WSYR-TV) - Sheriff’s Deputies in Shasta County, Calif., are searching for the body of a Bishop Ludden graduate who they say was murdered by her husband.

On Friday, dive teams searching Whiskeytown Lake found what they believe are some of the remains of Bridget Roche Jacobs.

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to Jacobs’ family in Central New York.

The family says they are very sad in the wake of her death, and they ask that people remember her life, and not the horrific manner of her death.

Philip Jacobs was charged with murder on Tuesday, after he told investigators that his wife had died by “falling down the stairs” during an argument, and that he’d tied cinder blocks to her body and dropped her in the lake.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on March 15, they responded to a 911 call at a home on Westridge Road in Cottonwood, Calif., after dispatchers heard a woman screaming in the background.

When they arrived, however, no one was home.

Five days later, Bridget Roche Jacobs’ father reported her missing, and when she did not arrive at work, the Sheriff’s Office launched a missing person investigation.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, when investigators talked to Philip Jacobs again, he acknowledged that he’d called 911 on March 15 during an argument, and that his wife had left their home on foot.

The next day, the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation, canvassing the neighborhood and searching the home on March 23.

Although Philip Jacobs maintained that his wife had left the home on her own, investigators say they found evidence that a crime had been committed during the search.

Five days later, while investigators were interviewing his mother, Philip Jacobs arrived and told them about the argument, along with the alleged incident on the stairs on March 15.

He also told investigators that he kept her body in the house until March 19 and then placed her body in a blue boat before driving to Whiskeytown Lake.

Jacobs told the investigators that he rowed onto the lake and dropped his wife’s body off, tied to a cinder block.

The Sheriff’s Office and a number of other law enforcement agencies searched the lake before recovering what they believe are some of the woman’s remains.

Based on what they found, investigators believe she was dismembered.


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