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    Friends, family reeling from loss

    Samara Cygman
    Wednesday January 19, 2005
    Cochrane Times - The events behind the death of a 21-year-old Cochrane woman may never be revealed, leaving RCMP wondering why she succumbed to the cold in her own backyard.
    Allison Marie Jacobs was discovered Saturday at 8:30 p.m. by her parents, who were returning home from a week-long vacation down south.
    RCMP Sgt. Mike McTaggart believes Jacobs came home late Wednesday night to find herself locked out of her house in -30ºC.
    "The standard questions seem to be why didn't she go to a neighbour's house or break a window and get into the house and to be honest, it's probably something we'll never know."
    Police are trying to piece together her whereabouts that night and aren't ruling out alcohol as a factor in her death, until toxicology results come back in the next few weeks.
    The family appreciates the outpouring of love and support from the community, said Uncle Jamie Wheeler.
    "At this point we would like to dispell any questions about her last activities and focus on dealing with celebrating her life as she loved and lived it. Allison loved all of her friends and family and lived her life that way."
    "As best as we can, we must turn this into something to make this world a better place because that's what Allison would have wanted," said Wheeler. "Our entire family knows we have more blessings than most and we choose to be greatful for those blessings. It's important for the friends and family to be there for each other."
    Jacobs, who was dressed for the cold, was found on the back patio of her home on West Mitford Cresent.
    She worked at Canadian Tire in the paint and hardware department and attended Mount Royal College, taking interior design. She graduated from Cochrane High in 2001. She loved scuba diving and was described as being "at the top of her game."
    Rob Hatch, manager at Canadian Tire, said staff underwent grief counselling to deal with the loss of someone he said was loved by everyone.
    "She was a wonderful person... and an exceptional employee. She was really well liked by customers too -- a very bright, outgoing and very kind person," said Hatch.
    Teachers at Cochrane High are in shock and remember her as a very good student and an outstanding young lady, said Principal Chris Lees.
    A memorial service is being held today at 1 p.m. at the Cochrane RancheHouse. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization in honour of Jacobs' much-loved Uncle Rob.

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