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Man still missing despite K9, drone searches; police asking for help

Aaron Jacobson, 31, was last seen at his residence in Toano on the evening of Feb. 12, according to a report from James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy James City County)
Aaron Jacobson, 31, was last seen at his residence in Toano on the evening of Feb. 12, according to a report from James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy James City County)

A man is still missing from James City County, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding out where he is.

Aaron Jacobson, 31, has been missing for nearly two months, James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

He was last seen by a family member at his home in the 100 block of Old Stage Road in Toano Feb. 12.

Jacobson has “mental health issues” and lived with his grandparents at the time of his disappearance, police said.

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Since he went missing, James City County Police have used numerous resources to find him over multiple days, including “pinging” his cellphone to get its location.

The cellphone traced to a wooded area near the 8900 block of Richmond Road, Barnes Road and Ivy Hill Road, Williams said. The wooded area is near the home where he was last seen.

Crews searched by foot and on all-terrain vehicles, and tracked him using a police dog and drone.

Jacobson’s family also organized their own search party, Williams said.

While Jacobson has not been found, his phone continued to “ping” in the same wooded area until it turned off, she added.

There are no indications of foul play.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Jacobson, who has not been seen or heard from since he was reported missing.

So far, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police have been involved in the search for Jacobson.

James City County Police entered Jacobson’s information into the National Crime Information Center through the FBI and designated him as “missing, endangered.”

He is also in the Virginia Criminal Information Network.

If Jacobson is found by any other agency and they look him up, they will see he is a missing person, local authorities said.

James City County Police plan to keep information about the case active in the media, on their website and on social media pages.

Police will also continue to follow up with family members and acquaintances on the case.

Those with information on Jacobson’s disappearance or whereabouts should contact James City County Police at 757-566-0112.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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