Bring Julie Home, Let Her Rest In Peace

$1,655 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 34 months
Eva Rovang  BRUTUS, MI
My sister, Julie Rutterbush Grubaugh went missing in November 1986. We filed a missing persons report on November 27, 1986. Through the years I have talked to many Detectives in Phoenix Arizona Police Department about her case. At one point I had requested that her case be updated to a Homicide, but they said, without a body, they could not.

In the summer of 2013, Detective Summershoe of Phoenix Police Department, Missing Persons Division, picked up Julie's cold case, contacted me and requested a DNA test from my brother Perry Rutterbush, Dennis Grubaugh (Julie's Son) and I, Eva Rovang.

On November 19th, Detective Summershoe, called and informed me that they had a match. Julie's remains had been found on April 16, 1988 by a duck hunter, in the middle of a field, in Pinal County, Arizona.

Julie Grubaugh has been laying in a morgue for the past 25 years as a Jane Doe. Her case is now considered a Homicide. There was an article in the Petoskey News review on November 21, 2013 http://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/from-missing-to-murder-northern-michigan-woman-s-remains-id/article_7ab28918-52c2-11e3-96a5-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=story and Fox 32 News also covered her story on November 19, 2013. http://www.mifox32.com/story/24016615/cheboygan-womans-remains-identified-after-25-years . We are so thankful for them telling her story.

Julie was a mother of two, Karen who now resides in Mississippi, and Dennis who resides in Cheboygan Michigan. Both are happy that their mother has been found, but saddened by the outcome.

We are in need of funds to have her remains cremated and returned home. We plan to have her buried next to her parents Ray and Marion Belaen of Brutus, in the St. Clements Cemetery in Pellston, Mi. Her children have asked that we have a Memorial Service next summer in July, when Karen is able to return.

None of Julie's family are able to handle the cost of giving her closure and a final resting place, therefore we are requesting help. She was a young, loving mother of two, who was loved by both friends and family. She has been missed all these years. We want with all our hearts to Bring Her Home so she can Rest in Peace, after 27 years, close to friends and family that loved her.

Thank you for any amount the you can contribute. May God Bless you and keep your families safe from harm.
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Update 10
32 months ago

Julie is home, I picked her up at the post office this morning. It was just so sad, the box said, Cremated Remains all over it, with Grubaugh written in pen here and there. I toke her to work with me, ripped open the box feeling that it was just wrong her being in that ugly box.

But beneath the cardboard box, was a wonderful wooden box with a place card,
In Loving Memory

Julie Ann Grubaugh

May 7 1961 - April 16 1988

"Finally Home"

As I write this the tears are flowing from my eyes, I wonder about her life, wonder what were her dreams? Who will tell her story, I guess the truth is I was not as close to her as I feel I should have been. Mary was close, but she has passed as well, who will or who knows Julies Story? So many unanswered questions.

But I know that with everyone's help and efforts you have allowed us to bring her home. God Bless you all for that.

I hope that our efforts have not offended or sucked the life out of anyone, we are only people trying to bring a women home, where she belongs and give her some closure.

Thank you and God Bless each and everyone of you for you prayers, cards, letters and donations.

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Update 9
33 months ago

Hi everyone, wanted to update everyone, on our progress. I have started calling Funeral Homes to make arrangements to have Julie brought home.

We do not have enough for everything needed. But we have raised enough to get her out of the morgue. She is one step closer to resting in peace. As they say, Home Is Where the Heart Is. I know that Julie's heart was always in Northern Michigan and it would be her wish to be here.

God has helped me deal with this very trying and emotional event. Never would have believed this would have been an issue in our lives. Through the love and compassion of many friends, family and strangers we have raised enough to bring her home. God willing the amount needed for a final resting place and headstone, will come in time.

I can not say Thank You enough to all who have helped via donations, cards and words of encouragement. God Bless you all for your help during this sad time.

The message I would give everyone: Is to love your family, hold them close, don't let petty things keep you away from each other. Life is to short, things happen and you regret that you never took the time to tell them You love them, no matter what! I would give anything to have both my sisters here with me now, they are in my heart, but to hug, laugh and cry with them would feel so wonderful.

So reach out, make a call, write a letter or a text and tell them you love them, are thinking of them and you are sorry if its been awhile. Nothing can replace family.

God Bless you all, and thank you all so much, for the love and support you have shared with Perry, Duane and I. We could not have done this without you all. Thank You!!!!!!!
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Update 8
33 months ago

Julie, I don't know what else to do girl. The P.O Box has not helped so far, the jar at work is not helping. Sure everyone that cared about you has done the best they can. Trying to get the word out as much as possible, know that we love you and have missed you for many years. I am still praying for a Christmas miracle.

Thank you everyone for all your help. God Bless you all.
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Update 7
34 months ago

Well things have stopped, I know that everyone is busy with their Christmas plans. But if you wanted to help and it has slipped your mind. Here is a reminder. Julie was not perfect, but she loved her family and loved Northern Michigan. I am sure she will not Rest In Peace till she is home. So Please, Please if you could find it in your heart and pocket book to help us bring her home. We will be eternally great full. I know her soul is with the Lord, but her body is laying in a morgue and she deserves better then that. I am trying to sell some things, to raise funds as well and I know that all things are possible with Gods help. But I know that he helps those who help them selves. I can not do this myself. This is the most humbling thing I have ever had to do in my life, but if it will get Julie home, so be it, I am begging each and every person who reads this post to please help. Thanking you in advance for any, help you can find in your heart to give or by sharing this post to help us. God Bless you one and all.

We have had, 348 hits on this sight and only 12 donations. Please remember that if you cannot post to this sight, you can mail your donation to

Eva Rovang
P.O. Box 12
Alanson, MI 49706

Again thanks for your help, please share this post with all your face book friends and ask that they share it. I know we have a lot of Angels out there. We just need to find them. Love and Blessing to all.
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$1,655 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 34 months
Created November 30, 2013
$75
Anonymous
33 months ago
SS
$250
Stuart Somershoe
33 months ago

I'm glad we finally found Julie and I hope you can bring her home now.

EV
$40
Emma Velasco
33 months ago
$40
Anonymous
33 months ago
$10
Anonymous
34 months ago
PJ
$25
Philonise Jennings
34 months ago

I wish it was more but I wanted to help. I can't imagine what you are going through but at least closure is in sight. Be strong and keep your faith close around you. I will tell you that even when it seems unfair and makes no sense, only God knows why things like this happen and he has a plan for all of us. We don't have to know what it is we just have to believe there is one. God has welcomed her Spirit home and she is safe with him. RIP Julie

NP
$25
Nici Picard
34 months ago

I so wish I could do more Eva. Brightest blessings and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

M
$100
Mike
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

I hope this helps bring Julie home for Christmas. Given with a wonderful card.

RM
$40
Ron Meints
34 months ago
LC
$50
Laura Olson Cunningham
34 months ago
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