Missing Woman Found Dead, Buried Under Junk in Home

Even the search dogs couldn't find her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Truth_R_Dare
Posted Aug 29, 2010 4:05 PM CDT
Missing Woman Found Dead, Buried Under Junk in Home
A pick-up truck and dumpster are seen parked outside the home of Billie Jean James Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Something to think about the next time you don’t feel like cleaning out the garage: A missing Las Vegas woman was found after four months…dead in her own home, buried underneath piles of junk. Bill James alerted authorities when his wife Billie Jean, 67, went missing, but even search dogs could find no sign of her. He finally spotted her feet underneath a pile of clutter Wednesday, the AP reports. The time and cause of death could take weeks to determine.

The James’ home is full of knickknacks and trash, and officials described a strong odor from animals, garbage, food, and clothes. Friends described Billie Jean as peace activist who loved camping…and purchasing things at thift stores every day. Says one, “She became this hoarder person and she wouldn't let anyone come in her house.”
(More hoarders stories.)

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