Jacobson/APThe home of Billie Jean James (below) was cluttered with junk and rotting food, police say.Morris/AP
A woman who lived her life as a pack rat was so good at hoarding her dead body remained hidden in her home four months after she died.
Area cops scoured the house and even used dogs that were deployed to find bodies at Ground Zero, but never found Billie Jean's body.
It wasn't until this week that Bill James noticed his 67-year-old wife's feet sticking out from under a pile that the search came to an end.
It may take months for an exact cause of death to be found, the police said.
The woman was last seen in April, police said, and a massive search of the desert ensued.
Cassell said the James' home was jam-packed with rotting food, clothes and reeked with horrible odors. Small paths for walking were carved out of the mess, he said.
Bill James defended his wife Friday, saying people shouldn't criticize their lifestyle.
"Yes there was clutter in the house and yes we found Billie underneath some stuff," he told KTNV in Las Vegas.
"This is really hard. I really don't need all the sensationalism," said.
"I'm really sick of it."