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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Update on Billie Jean James...

There were two articles in Friday and Thursday's papers.  No official identification yet, but her husband, Bill James did say he recognized her shoes.  He is sure it is his wife...

Apparently, he built a second home on their property to house all her stuff she collected.  She sounds like a very dedicated and colorful woman.  She love to frequent thrift stores and brought home countless treasures.  She had difficulty throwing anything away, so trash was mixed in with her collections and belongings.  The back bedroom, where she was found, was referred to as "a rabbit hole", by one of her friends.

The police and others who had been in the house, said the house was so cluttered and trash piled so high, mobility was a huge challenge, not to mention the stench, especially with this hot summer weather.  It is no wonder the smell and various chemicals from the trash breaking down, affected the noses of the dogs who were used twice in the home.  No mention was made if the dogs were cadaver dogs or not...

Billie Jean was a nature lover and hiked all over the world. She also volunteered to clean up our national parks. She cared very deeply for animals and endangered species.The day after she disappeared, both she and her husband were to leave for Molokai,Hawaii to volunteer monitoring endangered monk seals.  Something, she was looking forward and anxious to do.

She was a political activist and wore red, white and blue outfits marching in antiwar rallies to bring home the troops.  She was a humanitarian, traveling to New York after September 11, 2011 and also volunteered in New Orleans, helping the Red Cross after the disaster of hurricane Katrina.

She enjoyed music and art.  She played the guitar.  She loved to garden, and their property was full of native plants, she had planted over the forty years of living in their home.

She sounded like a wonderful woman.  Her friends started a facebook page to post their concerns when she first was missing.  She had many, many friends who cared about her deeply.

I did not know this woman personally, but the more I learn, the sadder this story is...

6 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Well, the way I see it, while sad indeed, she lived her life - probably more then others! Sandie

Mari said...

Thanks for the info. It does sound like she really did make the most of her life.

That corgi :) said...

very interesting lady. it is a sad situation all around

betty

DJan said...

I guess she and her husband are hoarders. I just cannot imagine living in a place like that...

Jerry said...

Hi Donna,

In answer to your question about Penny? Last week, or maybe it was the week before, there was a notice on her blog written by a family member stating that Penny had been in a car accident....a serious one. She was in the hospital under a medically-induced coma so that 'her body could heal itself'. They said that they were going to discontinue the blog and when Penny is better she would probably resurrect it.

I think they said that she will be unable to fully recover...and I'm not sure what this means.

I was devastated to hear this, as I'm sure you are. I figure the best we can do is offer our prayers and hope for her return.

My impression is that her condition is serious indeed. I just hope that she pulls through okay.

I'm sorry to be the one to pass on this horrible news, Donna. I'm sure that in the coming months if she returns she will seek out so many friends that she made her.

Warmest wishes,

Jerry

Jerry said...

A little bit more about Penny. Caroline at 'Caroline's Cove' http://carolinescove.com/?p=617 wrote a little tribute to Penny. Perhaps she may have more information.