Jacob Sullivan arrested after beating and raping his girlfriend’s daughter
A Pennsylvania man is accused of brutally beating and raping his girlfriend’s daughter, while his girlfriend watched, and then smothering the girl to death after leaving her for dead in a hot attic, prosecutors say.
Jacob Sullivan is charged with murder in the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer and could face the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Sullivan confessed to the July murder while hospitalized following a failed suicide pact with his girlfriend, Sara Packer, who adopted the 14-year-old girl when she was 1.
Sara Packer reported Grace missing in July had previously been arrested in November on charges accusing her of hindering the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance and child endangerment.
Grace’s dismembered body was found on Halloween by hunters in woods in Luzerne County, and her adoptive mother was named as a person of interest in her daughter’s murder in December.
Sara Packer, 41, is now facing charges of criminal homicide, rape conspiracy, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse. Sullivan, 44, was charged with criminal homicide, rape, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.
A forensic anthropologist who examined the saw and Grace Packer’s body determined that the scarring and tool marks on her bones were made by an alternating tooth saw blade similar to that of the bow saw.
Today’s charges came less than 20 days after a public appeal for information leading to the arrest of her killer.