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New Dateline podcast focuses on NC man missing since 2002

On March 10, 2002, Kent Jacobs reportedly went on a walk near his mother's home. He was never seen again.

HOPE MILLS, N.C. — More than two decades ago, 41-year-old Kent Jacobs went for a walk near his mother's Hope Mills, North Carolina, home. He was never heard from again.

Now, the 21-year-old cold case is being featured in season two of Dateline's "Missing in America" podcast which dropped on Tuesday. 

In the podcast, Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz talks to two of Kent’s siblings, Keith Jacobs and Kim Baber, and Nan Trogdon, a retired detective who worked Kent’s case for five years.

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Jackie Jacobs continues to advocate for her brother and other missing people with special needs. She told Dateline that her family started a nonprofit, The Kent Jacobs Foundation, to help others in similar situations. Jackie told Dateline exclusively that she is offering a $15,000 cash reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the location of Kent Jacobs. She is also offering a $100,000 reward if it leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her brother’s disappearance.

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Kent Jacobs was described as 5'6", 150 pounds, dark curly hair and brown eyes. He also had a developmental disability and suffered from some vision problems. He would be 62 years old today. If you have information about Jacobs' whereabouts, please call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.

The six-episode podcast is an extension of Dateline’s digital series, Dateline: Missing in America, which has reported on nearly 500 disappearances brought to Dateline’s attention by social media followers in the nine years since its launch.

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