Police reopen 2013 cold case of missing Roseville woman

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Roseville police have reopened a local woman’s missing persons case just over eight years after she disappeared from a Raley’s parking lot.

Susan Jacobson went missing May 1, 2013, while she ran morning errands at the Raley’s grocery store on Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard.

The 59-year-old appeared to park in the middle of the parking lot and out of reach of surveillance cameras.

An hour later, a jogger found her empty wallet on a sidewalk in the parking lot near Mahany Park. Later that day, her dark blue Honda Civic was found unlocked, still in the grocery store parking lot, with her purse inside. Her keys were missing.

“Her vehicle is found Thursday evening at the grocery store, her wallet is found in the intersection nearby, obviously at the time incredibly suspicious,” said Rob Baquera, spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department. 

Jacobson stood at just 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 90 pounds. At the time of her disappearance, she wore a hooded sweatshirt.

“She was going to be a grandmother. That’s the thing that is so striking about the whole thing, why she would disappear at that time,” a neighbor told FOX40 five years after Jacobson went missing.

“I knew Sue and Chris, they were a lovely couple, they loved each other and had a good time together,” said Jacobson’s friend Bill Hunter. 

Hunter had been a friend and neighbor to Jacobson and her husband Chris Jacobson prior to Susan Jacobson’s disappearance.  

Police say Chris Jacobson was the last person to see Susan Jacobson. 

“I think it’s good, I think that they need to solve the case,” Hunter said. “I don’t think anybody thought of course that Chris was involved in it. I mean I don’t, still to this day I don’t think he was.” 

Chris Jacobson told FOX40 he did not want to be interviewed for this story. 

Detective Dave Harlan with the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit has been assigned to the cold case. He will go through old evidence and gather new evidence, as well as speak to anyone who may have more information about the case.

“We have decided to reopen this case because the longer a case goes unsolved, the more challenging it becomes to find fresh evidence or new leads. My job is to look deep into small nuances or use new and modern technology to uncover new leads to push forward,” Detective Harlan wrote in Wednesday’s release.

“A lot has happened in the last 8 years,  just with 4K digital imaging, with forensic sciences making leaps and bounds in advancement,” Baquera explained. “So we are obviously taking a closer look at the existing evidence we have, likely we are going to be looking for additional evidence that we didn’t have before.”

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