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Missing Army vet spotted on Serra Mesa surveillance footage

Posted: 7:44 PM, Sep 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-10 18:51:56Z
Police say Julia Jacobson was seen on video
Police say Julia Jacobson was seen on video
Police say Julia Jacobson was seen on video

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The family of a retired army captain missing for nearly a week will launch a community wide search Saturday morning. 

Julia Jacobson's brother, Jon Jacobson, is in San Diego from North Dakota. He spent Friday searching businesses in the University Heights area where his sister lived to see if they have surveillance footage. 

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"This is definitely not like Julia. She wouldn't just up and leave and it's been tough on the family," said Jacobson. 

Friday afternoon, San Diego Police confirmed that Jacobson, and her Wheaten Terrier Mix "Boogie," were seen on surveillance in Ontario around 8 p.m. Saturday. 

Prior to that, she was seen on a 7/11 surveillance camera off I-15 and Aero Drive. That was at 6:30 that morning. Saturday night around 9:30, she sent a text message to a friend saying she was in Palm Springs, but her brother said the way the texts were written makes him suspicious.  

He said his sister is normally long winded, but the text simply said "Palm Springs today. Big Bear tomorrow." The text also said she was with a friend, but it's unclear who. 

"We know it was her phone. We just don't know whose hand it was in," said Jacobson. 

Thursday morning, police found Jacobson's company SUV abandoned on Monroe at Hamilton about a half block from where she lives. The keys were inside and all the windows were down. 

Jacobson divorced from her husband about a year ago. Police say they've interviewed him and he's been cooperative.  

More family members were arriving Friday night from North Dakota. 

They're organizing a community wide search Saturday morning. They plan to meet at Garfield Elementary School on Oregon at 9 am. 

"You can't ever let go, until it's time and it's not time yet. So many different scenarios that could have played out," said Jacobson.