Longtime Basin Electric employees ask for help in finding missing sister

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Longtime Basin Electric employees Casey Jacobson, senior staff counsel, and her husband, Chad Kuntz, senior electrical engineer, are asking for the public’s help in locating Casey’s missing sister, Julia.

Julia and her dog, Boogie, a Wheaten terrier, have been missing since the early morning of Sept. 2, when she was seen at the 7-Eleven convenience store in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, CA, where she has lived for the past three years. There was also a confirmed sighting of her and Boogie on a security video at around 8 p.m. in Ontario, CA.

Casey says she last spoke with Julia on Thursday, Aug. 31, and they texted each other the following day. The last known contact anyone had with Julia was a text on Saturday, Sept. 2 to a friend saying she was in Palm Springs and going to Big Bear the next day.

By Tuesday, Sept. 5, their father was worried because he hadn’t heard from her – she usually called him every day. And when he tried to call her, she didn’t answer. That evening, one of her friends as well as her employer called to ask if she was all right, because they hadn’t heard from her, either. Wednesday, Sept. 6 is when the family called the San Diego Police Department to report her missing.

Julia’s car was discovered abandoned the morning of Sept. 7, a half-mile from her home. It was unlocked with the windows rolled down, the keys still in the ignition, and her purse inside, unzipped and mostly empty.

Casey said this situation is made even harder because her family is still grieving the loss of her mother, who passed away in February after a five-year battle with breast cancer. “To think six months after losing our mother, our sister would be missing seems unimaginable. Our family has understandably been rocked. We are heartbroken and lost,” she says. “We always talk about those clichés – tomorrow is not promised, don’t take your loved ones for granted because you never know when the last time will be that you can tell them you love them. Well, after dealing with the disappearance of Julia, I know they are so important to believe and act on.”

Julia is a retired Army captain who served two deployments in Iraq. She has long blonde hair, brown eyes, and weighs 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing shorts and flip flops.

Casey and her family would appreciate your help in spreading the word – especially with those on the West Coast. Please like and share the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/search4julia/ and call 701-400-9924 with any information. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the Jacobson family with costs associated with searching for Julia.

News of Julia’s disappearance is spreading on social media, and news stories have been published from Bismarck to San Diego and many cities in between to bring Julia home safely.

Candlelight vigils were also held this weekend in locations important to Julia and her family: Bismarck, where her family lives; San Diego, where she currently lives; Spearfish, SD, where she went to middle school and high school; and Apple Valley, MN, where other family lives. These vigils were held to show support for her family, pray for her safe return, and to rally attention around bringing her home. “The only thing that gives us any sense of comfort in this nightmare is the support were receiving from our friends, family and even complete strangers all over the country,” Casey says. “We had great attendance at all of the vigils and the love, light and support coming from everyone was so amazing to see.”

Following are just a few of the posts that have been shared.

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