Authorities: Man who hid body of woman missing since 2003 confesses to killing her

Kristen Johanson
September 18, 2019 - 3:02 pm
Pennsylvania state police.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The man accused of hiding the body of a Central Pennsylvania mother in Philadelphia has confessed to her murder, investigators say. Now, he’s been arraigned on abuse of corpse charges and is expected to face murder charges soon. 

Pennsylvania State Police say Jade Babcock told them he and Brenda Jacobs got into a fight in 2003 and he bashed her head into a wall, killing her. He also said he removed her legs with a hacksaw. 

"Her body was in the township where they resided, in a coal shed, dismembered," said Anthony Voci, homicide supervisor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

He said earlier this year, authorities found the woman’s legs in a lake up in Montoursville. 

On Monday, they got a break in the case.

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"The defendant’s current girlfriend walked into Pennsylvania State Police barracks on the 16th and provided information on the victim," Voci said. 

She gave them a locker number to a storage unit in Port Richmond, where troopers went to search and found a body without legs.  

The body has yet to be positively identified but troopers are confident they have found the missing mother of two.

Babcock is charged in Philadelphia with abuse of corpse, and is expected to be charged in Lycoming County with murder and related offenses.

He was held without bail and will likely face extradition soon. 

Voci said it’s an example to people who think they may know something about an investigation to call them, because it could mean everything to the case. 

"This is a really poignant example of literally one domino that falls and rapidly brings us to a conclusion of a very old, very important case," he said.