New push to solve 8-year-old missing man case

CUMBERLAND COUNTY In March 2002, 42-year-old Kent Jacobs disappeared without a trace.

Now, his family is distributing new posters of Jacobs in many places across Cumberland County, including where he was last seen.

The challenge of finding out what happened to him rests in the hands of investigators.

"Yes, the leads are still coming in," Sergeant Nan Trogdon said. "One of the reasons for this push was the fact that when I was out canvassing the neighborhoods again, a lot of people actually said 'We thought you found Kent.'"

For the past eight years, Jacobs' mother has dealt with the loss.

"I've had great Mother's Days, don't think I haven't," Martha Jacobs said. "But I said, 'Lord if I only had Kent, it would be complete. It would be complete for my family.'"

Inside Jacobs' home, his room has been untouched since his disappearance. In the kitchen, a circle marks March 10, 2002.

On that day, he woke up, checked on his mother who was getting ready for church, and then he left home. It was the last time his mother would see him.

"If someone would just, even just drop some type of a hint, some type of a hint would be better than nothing," Jacobs said.

Trogdon hopes the new attention to the case helps her solve it before another Mother's Day passes.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500 or 677-5400.

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