Man wanted in girlfriend's murder

Tuesday, October 2nd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) _ Authorities have accused the boyfriend of a McAlester woman of stabbing her to death, leaving her body in a park and stealing her car and dog.

Rebecca Dawn Smith, 50, was found Sept. 25 at Sequoyah State Park near Lake Fort Gibson. She had been stabbed in the neck.

Investigators have filed a first-degree murder warrant for Eric Thomas Jacobsen, 36, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kym Koch said.

Jacobsen may be driving Smith's red 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass four-door with the license plate TUW-976.

``He has not been found, and her car has not been found,'' Koch said.

Authorities suspect Jacobsen may have Smith's standard poodle, Cameo. The female dog traveled everywhere with Smith and would not have run off from her master, a relative said.

``She was extremely devoted. I know Rebecca was Cameo's world,'' Chad Huntington said. Huntington's father-in-law was married to Smith once.

``Cameo really was her baby,'' Huntington said.

The large poodle is cream-colored, weighs about 60 pounds and has been spayed. Cameo might be wearing a purple, nylon collar, authorities said.

Jacobsen was described by authorities as a white male, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He may have cut his hair and dyed it blond, Cherokee County Sheriff Delena Goss said.

Anyone with information is asked to call OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or the Cherokee County Sheriff's office at (918) 456-2583