Authorities in N. California search for woman allegedly murdered by husband

Redding, Calif (KRCR/CNN Newsource) — Investigators said Philip Jacobs admitted his wife Bridget died and four days later he dumped her in Whiskeytown Lake. He has been charged with her murder while authorities continue the search for her body.

Bridget Jacobs’ body has not been found.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s dive team was out on Whiskeytown lake Thursday after getting more tips from people claiming they saw Phillip Jacobs near Brandy Creek Marina.

The sheriff’s office decided to focus their search around that area.

Sgt. Brian Jackson with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said, “Right now they are working about 40 to 60 feet in the water, which for diving operations is good.”

Investigators say Phillip Jacobs admitted being there when Bridget Jacobs died–keeping her body for four days and then dumping her in Whiskeytown Lake on March 19th.

“Today is our third day of the boating and safety out searching Whiskeytown Lake,” said Sgt. Jackson. “We’ve obtained additional information from witnesses that were out here on the 19th that had an interaction with Phillip Jacobs. They identified him as well as his vehicle and boat and they also noticed he was out in the area of the lake where the boating and safety unit is at this time.”

Deputies are using three different methods to search for her. They have a boat using side sonar scanning, another boat operating their ROV and of course their dive team.

Sgt. Jackson said, “Because the lake obviously has a lot of rocks, trees and materials down there that on a scan may appear to look like a body or evidence.” Once they determine points of interest they put divers in the water to check to see what the equipment has picked up to determine if it is Bridget or not.

Based on the information investigators received they are hopeful they will find her body.

“We’re pretty confident we’ll have success on this just given the circumstances that we know about,” added Sgt. Jackson.

Investigators say they will continue the search until all attempts have been exhausted.

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