Butte County Sheriff's Deputies converged on the home of Donna Teifer, Tuesday afternoon after her co-workers from Willows Care Center called to report she did not show up for work that morning. Authorities then entered her residence after failing to receive a response from inside. "They located Ms. Teifer in the house, and she was deceased, and basically from looking at the scene, what they saw at the scene led them to believe it was possibly a homicide," according to Butte County Sheriff's Lt. Al Smith.
Lt. Smith would not elaborate on what led them to that conclusion, or how Teifer died, but did say the evidence all pointed in one direction. "We had a lot of evidence at the scene that we gathered, we had information from the family members. So, we initially were able to focus on Mr. Jacobs."
That information gathered by family members was of a troubled past between Jacobs, and Teifer. One friend of Donna's even told authorities that Jacobs allegedly broke into her home, and physically threatened her. "We are aware of some facts that I can't release, but I can say there was friction between Adam Jacobs, and his mother, Donna in the weeks leading up to the incident," according to Smith.
Sources close to the investigation told Action News the dispute between mother and son, stemmed from a custody battle Jacobs is currently going through with his estranged wife. They also say the situation became more volatile after Jacobs allegedly stopped taking medications for a bi-polar disorder. Smith could not confirm that information at this time, but did say there is one important message people can take from this tragic loss of life. "If you feel in danger from a family member, or anyone else based on threats, or based on intuition, please let law enforcement know."