iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — A Philadelphia man is in custody after allegedly confessing to the murder of a woman who has been missing for 16 years, prosecutors said.The arrest of Jade Babcock, 49, came after a tip in the 2003 missing person’s case of Brenda Jacobs, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.The tip — which Lycoming County District Attorney Kenneth Osokow said came Monday — led to the discovery this week of human remains in a storage facility in Northeast Philadelphia.The remains are suspected to be of Jacobs, who was believed to be in a relationship with Babcok, said Osokow.Jacobs, who was about 39 when she went missing, lived in Lycoming County in central Pennsylvania, about 180 miles away from Philadelphia. She had been missing since 2003 but was not reported missing by family until 2013, prosecutors said. Osokow would not comment on why it took so long for the missing person’s case to be filed.Babcock was interviewed in 2013 or 2014 when Jacobs was reported missing, Osokow said, and has now allegedly confessed to Jacobs’ murder, though Osokow would not elaborate.“When there is no swift resolution to an investigation, perpetrators do begin to believe that they can get away with murder,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement. “With the help of our State Police, that won’t be true for Jade Babcock. May those who have been missing and mourning Brenda Jacobs for years know some peace in the very near future.”Babcock was arrested on Tuesday and charged with abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.Philadelphia prosecutors said homicide charges are expected. Osokow said homicide charge determinations “will be made shortly.”Osokow would not comment on a motive and said prosecutors have not yet been informed of Jacobs’ cause and manner of death.Babcock, who is being held without bail, has not yet entered a plea. He is set to return to court for a status hearing on Oct. 18. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
It’s 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night and around 60 young men of all shapes and sizes flood into the McClain Center, an indoor training turf that neighbors Camp Randall Football stadium.But there are no footballs, helmets or shoulder pads in sight. The University of Wisconsin Men’s Rugby Club is warming up for their first practice of the season.Warm-ups and stretches progress into passing drills — backwards passes only, of course. These passing drills then morph into some game plan practice. The first practice of the season won’t stop the players from warming up their shoulders and getting into some tackling drills. The rugby club consists of players with a range of experience, some who have played since high school, others found the game when they arrived at UW, and even a handful who were picking up a rugby ball for the first time.Introducing people to rugby is a big part of the club policy, Head Coach Scott Adlington explains.“We’re a club who brings in all quality of players, so we need our existing players to start inviting their mates along and really push that side of it too,” Adlington said.Men’s basketball: Badgers leave Terps shell shocked, Michigan State up next in Big Ten TournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took down the University of Maryland 59-54 in Madison Square Garden for a Read…But no matter their ability level or playing experience, the players all shared one in thing in common — an intense passion for the game of rugby. It may be a minor sport here in the United States but those on the UW practice field show as much enthusiasm for the sport as you would see elsewhere.The UW Men’s Rugby Club was formed in 1977 when it split from the Wisconsin Rugby Club and became a team comprised of UW undergraduate students.The club has since enjoyed its fair share of success in the traditional 15 a side format of the game. They originally played in the Wisconsin University Union championships and now ply their trade in the Big Ten 15’s Championship, a championship they have won twice since its inception in 2012.Rugby is traditionally played in the peak of winter and this is the case for college teams in places such as California and the mid-south. But because of the Midwest’s harsh winters, the Badger’s schedule is a bit different as Adlington explains.“We shut down over the winter period, and then have to look at doing some indoor training in early March,” Adlington said.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to take bite out of Big Apple as they visit NYC for Big Ten TournamentNo. 9 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (14-17, 7-11 Big Ten) will face No. 8 Maryland (19-12, 8-10 Big Read…This means the spring semester is predominantly sevens season for the Badgers Rugby Club. Sevens is a faster paced and more open version of rugby in which teams only have seven players per side as opposed to the traditional 15. Games are still played on a full sized field but are shorter, only lasting 14 minutes.The Badgers’ sevens schedule comprises a number of tournaments, the first of which are in April and will be played at Illinois and Michigan. Following these tournaments, they will compete in the Big Ten Sevens Championship, which will be held on UW’s campus.Winning the Big Ten Sevens Championship means qualification to the USA National Sevens tournament, which will be held in Glendale, Colorado this year. After suffering a defeat to Ohio State in last years’ final the Badgers will be looking to go one better this year and make it to the big game in Colorado.In his fifth season as Badgers coach and with over 20 years of coaching experience the Australian-born Adlington has seen his fair share of rugby both here and abroad. In Australia, he played for GPS club in Brisbane and the Sydney University club.Since coming to the United State, he has had coaching roles with Baltimore Chesapeake, a first division club in Baltimore Maryland, the Chicago Lions rugby side and now the UW Rugby Club.So how does rugby in the United States stack up with rugby in other parts of the globe?Since arriving in the country, 20 years ago Adlington has seen a great deal of improvement.Men’s Basketball: Please, just let me talk myself into a Big Ten Tournament victoryThe last time the Badgers didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, Badger fans were able to spend March watching the last Read…“When I first came over most of the guys I was coaching had never played rugby before and so what I was doing was taking them from being a footballer or soccer player and teaching them how to play rugby,” Adlington said.Comparing this to present times he said “there are more and more players who are coming out who have played rugby in middle school or high school which makes a huge difference.”Along with players getting involved in rugby earlier, an increase in exposure is also leading to great benefits for the club, having played in National tournaments that are televised on NBC and ESPN.While being competitive, trying to win tournaments, and gaining national exposure is important for the club, Adlington adds “we also want to be a club that is a lot of fun to play at as well.”