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House sitter confronted Philip Jacobs the day he dumped his ex-wife's body

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COTTONWOOD, Calif. - People living across the street from Philip Jacobs, who was arrested for the murder of his ex-wife, said their house sitter confronted Philip the day he admitted to authorities he took his ex-wife's body to Whiskeytown Lake

The family said they weren't home, but detectives had gone to their home and spoken to the people watching their house.

Their house sitter then went across to ask Philip about Bridget, who was still missing at the time, and saw him loading up his boat.

They said Philip was stand-offish, and said he was going fishing.

Other neighbors said Philip had recently moved to their neighborhood on Westridge Road, but they never saw Bridget.

"Most of the neighborhood got a little edgy when they moved in, because they didn't like talking to anyone, no one knew their names or anything, they didn't try to come over, it was kind of weird," Alysia Garver said.

"When we heard about this whole incident happening, we didn't know what happened, no one told us anything," Garver said. 

"A lot of us were even afraid to step outside because of it," Garver added.

Neighbors are still a little shaken after finding out his ex-wife's body was kept in the house on their street.

Others have come forward to share their memories of Bridget Jacobs.

One of them is an employee at Shasta Athletic Club, where Bridget worked out regularly.

Assistant Manager Michelle King remembers Bridget Jacobs as "sweet, gentle, kind, happy."

King said Bridget spent five days a week working out.

"She was absolutely lovely, inside and out, always interacted with my staff, with the other members, everyone had nothing but positive things to say about her," King said.

However, King said things changed in autumn.

"The first concern I had was the first time she came in with her husband. Call it instinct, sixth sense, but it just felt...something was very off," King said.

Bridget canceled her membership six months ago; Philip's membership has lapsed.

"She was too avid of a member, and I didn't feel it was her decision. That's just my opinion, but it didn't feel good. Something didn't feel right," King said.

She added there were warning signs when the couple came in together.

"The way he held on to her, almost like his possession, to me, was like 'this is mine'. And the way when they came to sign in together about the type of membership, she had to ask permission," King said.

King said when they came in together, Bridget's behavior changed.

"She was more reserved and quiet, and I didn't feel like she was herself when they were together," King said.

King had chills when she found out Bridget had died.

"She was a very beloved member. The staff was in shock, didn't ever expect her to be in this situation whatsoever," King added. 

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


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