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Missing Nevada City woman identified

A body found in Nevada City this week has been identified as a 47-year-old local woman who had been missing since late March.

Jill Cobbe was a native of Nevada City. She had been living at the Nevada City Motel and Apartments on Nevada Street, Lt. Ron Smith of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

“There’s no indication of any foul play,” Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato said.



Motel manager Terry Pittsford said Cobbe was last seen there in late March, about the time he left on a trip.

“On (March) 27, a tenant came by the apartment and noticed the front door was open,” Pittsford said. The tenant called for Cobbe and, when he heard no response, closed the door.




The manager returned from his trip in mid-April. Cobbe still had not been seen and he began the process to evict her. When he packed up her belongings, he found her wallet and keys, Pittsford said.

He thought that was strange, and so he called the police.

Around April 23, a Nevada City police officer looked at Cobbe’s personal items, including a note the manager had found while cleaning the apartment. It was a note, apparently written by Cobbe, that would have been posted on her front door, Pittsford said.

The note was addressed to a man, invited him to come in and wake her up, Pittsford said.

Trovato said Cobbe had a boyfriend.

It was unclear whether police have interviewed the man.

Cobbe had been known to drink heavily, Trovato said.

Heavy rains had been falling during that time, snow was still on the ground in many areas and nighttime temperatures were in the 30s and 40s.

Cobbe apparently had been walking along a ditch and was passing through blackberry bushes when she fell into a 3-foot-deep hole, which is where her body was found Wednesday afternoon, Smith said.

“We had trouble getting in and out of there to recover her body,” Smith said.

It remains unclear what caused Cobbe’s death. However, the coroner who performed the autopsy, Dr. Don Henrikson, found no evidence of foul play, Smith said.

“There is no evidence of blunt force trauma,” Smith said.

Dr. Douglas Valentine, a Grass Valley oral surgeon who does forensic dentistry work for the county, identified Cobbe using dental records, Smith said.

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To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion .com or call 477-4231.


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