During that time the family has relentlessly searched for him and they said they're not giving up hope of one day finding his body for closure.
"I just hate it came to this," said Kent's mother, Martha Jacobs. "I didn't know. I was going to say why did it take this long but you never give up hope. You hold out on hope that one day he will come home."
Martha Jacobs addressed the judge while Kent's brother and sister fought back tears as she described the missing 42-year-old man as a person with the mind of a six year old child.
"Sometimes he could scribble his name," said Martha, "but most of the time he'd put an 'X' beside his name. He was just a special child."
Kent's picture has been plastered on billboards and posters all over the country. Authorities have conducted countless searches with dogs and high-tech equipment but haven't turned up a clue.
"Not knowing anything today that we knew then," said Kelvin Jacobs, Kent's brother. "We're still just pleading for the community to keep Kent in their thoughts, and if they know something to come forward."
Investigators suspect robbery and foul play. The family said, despite the court proceedings, their search for Kent continues.
"We still want to know," said Kent's sister, Kimberly Baber. "We know someone knows something that happened on March 10. So yeah, this was just a legal matter that had to be taken care of, and yeah we never give up hope."
Kent Jacobs had eight life insurance policies totaling $8,500.