After being found unconscious by one of his two girlfriends, Jacob Sullivan, 44, was rushed to the hospital for an apparent suicide attempt, where his life was saved. However, his sickening admission would soon leave some wishing he had been left for dead after he told hospital staff the horrific things he did to a missing teen girl as the child’s own mother not only watched but helped.
Jacob Sullivan and his girlfriend Sara Packer, 41, are depraved monsters of the worst kind. Sullivan was involved in a polyamorous relationship with Packer and another woman, who would find them both unconscious and unresponsive in their home at different times on December 30th after an apparent suicide pact failed. However, that’s not the worst of their crimes, which Sullivan soon admit in shocking detail.
Packer’s 14-year-old adopted daughter Grace went missing over the summer, and things took a horrific turn in late October when hunters found the girl’s dismembered remains in the woods. Now, the unimaginable horrors she suffered in her final hours have been revealed, and it may be too difficult for some to even read.
“The question is how could any mother do this to a child. To their child,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub after Sullivan’s admission. Although Packer alleged that Grace had stolen $300 and run away from home in July, nothing could be further from the truth.
Grace was killed in a “rape-murder fantasy” shared by Sullivan and her adoptive mother, who previously worked as an adoption supervisor for a children’s welfare agency. The two began plotting in the fall of 2015 before acting on their plans on July 8, when they drove Grace from her home in Abington Township to a home they rented in Quakertown, Bucks County, according to officials.
Sullivan struck Grace in the face several times before taking her to the attic, where she was further tortured. As Packer watched, Sullivan raped her daughter, but it wasn’t the first time, officials later learned as Sullivan admitted to sexually assaulting the child on two occasions prior to the incident that would eventually leave her dead.
After the rape, Packer obtained several pills that the duo then gave to Grace, telling her that the medication would help with the pain. The teen was then tied up and gagged before being left in the hot attic to die. When her killers returned, they discovered the child was not only still alive but alert. Unfortunately, Sullivan changed that when he allegedly wrapped his arm around Grace’s neck and face, strangling her to death.
The girl’s body was then packed in kitty litter, covered in moth balls, and stored in a cedar closet in the attic for over three months. However, after Packer reported Grace missing, investigators started poking around the home. So, Sullivan and Packer decided to take drastic measures to further hide their crime.
As Packer continued to collect a $712 a month Social Security check in Grace’s name after failing to notify the agency that she was missing, Sullivan and Packer moved Grace’s body from the attic to a bathroom and used a saw to dismember her limbs, concerned investigators would find her remains. Her dismembered body was then taken to the wooded area where it was later discovered.
After the discovery of the body and evidence including receipts, debit card purchases from the Target store where Packer bought the pills, and surveillance footage from a tractor supply store where she bought the saw used to dismember her daughter’s body, Sullivan and Packer felt the police closing in and attempted suicide.
When their attempts to escape justice failed, Sullivan finally admitted to both family and hospital staff that he was responsible for Grace’s murder and her mother was his accomplice. Staff members at Abington Memorial Hospital contacted investigators, telling them about Sullivan’s overnight admission on Saturday, and both he and Packer were arrested.
Sullivan was charged with murder, rape, kidnapping, abuse of corpse, simple assault, and other related offenses while Packer was arrested on charges of homicide, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, possessing instruments of crime, endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of a corpse, simple assault, tampering with physical evidence, and conspiracy to commit rape. Both remain jailed without bail.
“Unfortunately Grace Packer was a disposable child to these people,” Weintraub said before asking, “Who will remember Grace Packer? Who will now speak for Grace Packer? We will.” Yes, we will. Grace’s story is difficult to tell, but it must be heard and shared, along with demands that her killers get what they deserve. The only rehabilitation for monsters like Jacob Sullivan and Sara Packer is a noose around the neck.