PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police are investigating human remains discovered inside a storage facility in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Police confirm to CBS3 the remains are believed to be that of a woman who was reported missing from north-central Pennsylvania in 2003.
State police sources have identified the remains as those believed to be 37-year-old Brenda Jacobs.
Sources say Jacobs was killed and then placed inside the storage facility. Jacobs, a mother of two from Williamsport, disappeared from her home in Lycoming County in 2003.
Investigators say 49-year-old Jade Babcock, the victim’s ex-boyfriend, has been taken into custody. Babcock has been charged with abuse of corpse and other related charges.
BREAKING: State Police investigating human remains discovered inside a Frankford storage facility. Sources say it’s believed to be a case of homicide involving a missing person from 2003 from north central Pennsylvania. A person of interest is in custody. @CBSPhilly
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Neighbors say police were out on the block in force on Monday at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Frankford Avenue.
CBS3 obtained surveillance video when state police investigators descended on the storage warehouse.
A tip led troopers to the storage facility after the person of interest allegedly bragged about having locked away the remains of an ex-lover at the location. A witness to the alleged confession provided state police with a detailed statement earlier this week.
Neighbors were shaken with what brought police to their street.
“It’s crazy how people would do something like that,” Evelyn Garcia said.
The storage facility manager declined to comment.