Cottonwood man arrested for wife's murder


COTTONWOOD, Calif. - A Cottonwood man is accused of murdering his wife after she was reported missing on March 20.

Crews continue to search in Whiskeytown Lake where Philip Jacobs, 56, told authorities he dumped the body of his wife Bridget Jacobs, 38.

At 11 p.m. on Wednesday March 15, Shasta County Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call from Westridge Road in Cottonwood.

Dispatchers could hear a woman screaming on the other end of the phone. Deputies say the call came from Philip Daniel Jacobs' cell phone.

According to deputies the couple had been dealing with marital problems. When deputies checked the Jacobs' home, no one answered the door.

On March 20, Bridget Jacobs' father reported her missing. When deputies questioned Philip at his home, he admitted to calling 911 on March 15 during an argument with Bridget, but said she walked away with her purse, cell phone and her dog.

Deputies learned Bridget missed two days of work.

On March 23 detectives served a search warrant on Jacobs' home on Westridge Road after Philip failed to show up for an appointment with detectives.

While searching the home, deputies said they found Bridget's cell phone and other evidence in a safe. They also learned Philip had driven to Whiskeytown Lake on March 19.

On March 28 detectives were interviewing Philip's mother when he arrived and told them he needed to talk "about how accidents happen."

Deputies say Philip admitted Bridget died on March 15. According to detectives, Philip said Bridget fell down the stairs during an argument and he believed she had broken her neck.

They added that he admitted to keeping her body in his home until March 19, when he took her body to Whiskeytown Lake, where in a boat he tied a cement block to her leg and dumped her into the lake.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has been searching Whiskeytown Lake for two days but have been unable to locate Bridget's body.

Bridget's dog, a Pomeranian/Terrier mix, is also missing.

Philip Jacobs was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Shasta County Jail on a charge of murder. He is held on $1 million bail.

To see more of our in-depth coverage into the investigation of Bridget Jacobs' murder, click here.

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