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Missing Hope Mills man declared dead after 10 years

Posted September 10, 2012

Kent Jacobs was last seen about two miles from his mother's Hope Mills home on March 10, 2002.
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— The family of a mentally handicapped Hope Mills man who disappeared more than 10 years ago asked a Cumberland County judge Monday to declare him legally dead.

Kent Jacobs, 42, left his mother's house on March 10, 2002, and never returned. His remains have not been found and no arrests have been made.

Earlier this year, volunteer search teams combed the area off Hulon Street and Brooklyn Circle, where Jacobs was last seen, to mark 10 years since he disappeared. It was one of countless searches in the area over the past decade.

His family says they have never given up on finding him.

"I don't care if it's 10 years or 50, you never give up hope," Martha Jacobs, Kent Jacobs' mother, said in March.

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  • tiblet Sep 11, 2012

    I can only speculate but a legal declaration of death is a requirement for death benefits to be paid. It does not necessarily reflect what is in the heart of the person seeking the declaration it could be necessary from a legal perspective.

  • malonem1 Sep 11, 2012

    I would think that would be a hard decision for the family to declare him dead. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I hope someday this man returns safely to his family if he is still alive.

  • Wiser_now Sep 11, 2012

    Even though the family is declaring that he is dead, they will probably alway hope he returns safe. It's human nature. I know I would always hope, no matter how improbable.

  • halfpint1552 Sep 11, 2012

    Thank you. I am glad I am not the only one who saw the hole in that statement. A declaration of death is giving up hope that he is alive.

  • Obamacare again Sep 11, 2012

    RIP dude.

  • whyyoulikethat Sep 11, 2012

    SAME QUESTION....WE ARE NOT GIVING UP HOPE...BUT DECLARE HIM DEAD???

  • dcatz Sep 11, 2012

    "Than why are they having him declared dead?"

    You would need to have him declared legally dead if you want to collect any government benefits or life insurance. You would also need to do this to handle the will/estate.

  • piene2 Sep 11, 2012

    "His family says they have never given up on finding him.

    "I don't care if it's 10 years or 50, you never give up hope," Martha Jacobs, Kent Jacobs' mother, said in March."

    Than why are they having him declared dead?