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
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.
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!!!!!!!
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.
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
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.
Oh happy days, Gods Angels are coming. Got a phone call tonight which confirmed by suspicion that we needed a P.O. Box. He also assured me that the Pellston 79's Group will help me get to my goal. Pat I love you for the boost you gave me.
As you can see another Angel has upped us to $1000.00. God is good and does provide. Sometimes I just don't want to wait, as my daughter Stephanie pointed out last night during my daily Mother Daughter pep talk. Difference is she was giving me the Pep, not the other way around. Another Angel in my life. God Bless her.
An Angel spoke with me last night on the internet, Kathy, and one at work today, don't know her name, but both encouraged me to have the News Review do a follow up story on our progress in getting Julie home. So I will call Steve and Zac tomorrow.
Thanking everyone for the love and encouragement. I can't thank you all enough. God Bless you and keep you all safe.
I spoke with several agencies yesterday about funding to bring Julie home, Carol at one agency stated that this is a major problem. Money for many things, but none for returning them home. I also asked about if any article was done when Julies remains were found. She stated they find so many bodies in that county that it is not news. Due to the border crossings, I guess people die in the desert. How sad is that.
Spoke with Detective Summershoe, he stated that the department that found Julie, did not keep her clothes, so all evidence is gone. I am so frustrated right now, all I want to do is cry. I know that keeping strong is important but, I truly am starting to loose it.
I keep asking the Lord for answers, why does it seem so impossible to bring her home? What or why did they feel the need to end her life? She was so young. I remember when she got her first apartment and she called to tell me, she went grocery shopping. She named off every little thing she bought, hot dogs, mac and cheese, butter etc etc. I laughed so hard, she was so proud of herself.
Please, please I just want to bring her home. Again Please, this is all I want for Christmas, Please help me bring her home. Eva Rovang, P.O. Box 12, Alanson MI 49706
I have been making calls all morning for funding, so far nothing helpful. But I know my prayers will be answered.
I am going to Alanson to open a P.O. Box and will post the address for those who would like to help but do not like using the internet.
We are up to $300. thank you for your donations. I have had 244 visits to the sight and 6 donations, this is why I am opening the P.O Box.
Please continue to share my post, every little bit helps and God Bless those who are able to contribute. I know it is Christmas, that things are tight for everyone at this time of the year. Thank you for your prayers and continued support.
Thank you everyone for sharing the link. So far we have raised $210. Not a bad start. Going to make some calls tomorrow, hoping to get help. Would like her home for Christmas. She has been in the morgue too long already. God Bless everyone for their help.
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 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.
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