12-23-2009, 06:03 PM #1
VA - Brenda Eades, 57, Pittsylvania County, Dec 2009
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a missing woman.
They're looking for 57-year-old Brenda Eades of Grit Road Hurt. She was last seen in a 2006 silver Jeep with Virginia license plate KEP-1345. The sheriff's office says the Jeep has the number 65 on the side.
Eades is described as 5'2", 98 lbs, with sandy blonde hair. She may be in the Harrisonburg area.
Anyone with information is asked to call local police or the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office at 434-432-7931.
12-23-2009, 06:04 PM #2
State police are searching Leesville Lake for a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
Teams are out in boats looking for 57-year-old Brenda Eades.
They're using sonar and an underwater camera to search the cold lake near Island Point Drive. If something is found, divers will go down to check it out.
Eades hasn't been seen since last Tuesday. The car she was last seen driving was found abandoned near Leesville Lake on Friday.
Investigators say, at this point, they don't suspect foul play.
12-23-2009, 06:29 PM #3
Doesn't sound like this one is going to have a good outcome.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
12-23-2009, 07:00 PM #4Registered User
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why would they think she would be in the water and there is no foul play? sorry not the way someone kills themself you know?
Lt. Boyd Arnold, Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office - "Our bloodhound with the sheriff's office tracked from the vehicle to the edge of the lake."
Lt. Boyd Arnold says they also called in a cadaver dog team. They were able to narrow down the search area to a small part of Leesville Lake.
Lt. Arnold - "We're just really hoping to find her, we're hoping this is gonna be where it's at. Of course we'd rather find her safe and well but right now all our indications are that she's here in the lake."
If she is in the lake, the State Police Search and Recovery Dive Team hopes to find her. They're using special camera equipment to see what's underwater.
Special Agent Clay Overholt, Search and Recovery Dive Team - "If the body's in there, if she's in there then this piece of equipment should work and work to our advantage and make it easier."
12-23-2009, 08:01 PM #5
Looks like the search came up empty..
Wednesday, their search went into the lake itself.
Crews from Bedford County brought in an underwater camera. A team on shore drove the device around the bottom of the lake using remote controls.
At one point, they found what appeared to be a human arm.
A diver with Virginia State Police went down to check, but the object turned out to be a tree limb.
Temperatures at Leesville Lake hovered around 45 degrees Wednesday. Water temperatures were even colder.
We asked the diver what it's like to search a lake in such frigid temperatures. He says it's not unlike other searches, you just have to stay focused and get the job done faster.
Wednesday's search turned up nothing.
Investigators called off their search around 4:00 p.m. They plan to check the water again January 5th.
12-23-2009, 11:59 PM #6
Police don't suspect foul play, but are looking in the lake.
Maybe Brenda left a note or there were pill bottles in the car.
There is no mention of her home or family or her job.
I do hope she is found.God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
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12-28-2009, 03:28 AM #7
The body of a woman believed to be Brenda Eades, a Pittsylvania County woman missing since Dec. 15, has been found at Leesville Lake.
Lt. Boyd Arnold III, of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, said Eades’ family had been using a helicopter to search the area Sunday.
“They were flying this afternoon, and spotted something on the edge of the property we’ve been searching,” Arnold said Sunday.
The helicopter landed, and people on board found the body.
Rest In Peace, Brenda. My prayers to her family and friends.
12-29-2009, 01:19 AM #8
Dance with the angels, Brenda Eades. R.I.P.The purity of a person's heart can be quickly
measured by how they regard animals.Anonymous
12-29-2009, 07:17 AM #9
Medical Examiner confirms Brenda Eades’ body found
The husband of Brenda Eades, the Hurt woman whose body was found at Leesville Lake on Sunday, said she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and had been in physical pain for four years before she disappeared Dec. 15.
“She just ached,” Butch Eades said during a telephone interview Monday evening, adding that Brenda Eades, 57, was getting weaker and weaker and her medication was no longer working. Doctors couldn’t provide an effective treatment for her illness, he said.
The Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke confirmed Monday that the body found in Leesville Lake Sunday was that of Eades.
Lt. Boyd Arnold, of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, backing up the medical examiner’s confirmation, said Monday, “We don’t have reports of any other bodies in the lake.”
Arnold said Eades, whose body was found Sunday at Leesville Lake, had no visible wounds. The Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy, with results expected this week. Authorities do not suspect foul play.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include severe, constant fatigue for six months or more, “impairment in short-term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, multi-joint pain without swelling or redness, headaches, unrefreshing sleep, and post-exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours.”
Eades’ family used a helicopter piloted by a friend for free to search the Leesville Lake area Sunday. Butch Eades said they flew about 1 ½ hours above the lake after church to try to locate his wife.
Eades said he spotted a red object by the lake, and he had remembered that Brenda had worn a red jacket the last time he saw her. It didn’t turnout to be her, but Butch Eades found his wife’s body nearby, about 100 yards from where search dogs had indicated earlier.
“I felt kind of relieved to a degree,” Eades said of finding her body. “It was sad, but… it was a relief, also.”
Pittsylvania County investigators located Eades’ Jeep in the Leesville Lake area of Pittsylvania County at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 18. The 2006 silver Jeep was found in a driveway of a newly-constructed, unoccupied home on Island Point Drive near the marina on Leesville Lake in Pittsylvania County. The unoccupied vehicle was locked and contained Eades’ personal items.
Butch said Brenda, who was a mortgage loan officer, had arranged the loan for the home and liked the area. She may have gone there to think, he said.
“We really don’t know what has happened,” he said.
The couple had been married for 37 years, and had grown up together and attended the same church where they met, Monte Vista Baptist Church in Hurt. Brenda is also survived by two sons, Timothy and Daniel, two granddaughters, Emily and Gracyn, and her father, James Miles.
Sheriff’s deputies had used a K-9 bloodhound and tracked her from the vehicle to an area behind the residence and into the lake. Virginia Canine Response Team also helped the search for Eades since Sunday, as well as the Virginia State Police, Danville Life Saving Crew and the Moneta Fire Department.
Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office personnel, canine units and members of the Altavista Rescue Squad had also conducted a ground and water search.
Bad weather and high water in the lake had slowed the search.
Authorities had searched in Harrisonburg early in the case.
So so very sad. I too suffer from CFS (and fibromyalgia) and know the pain and weakness she was living with. It breaks my heart that she obviously felt this was her only answer, since doctors couldn't help (assuming this was intentional). I really feel awful for her husband and family...especially since this happened right before the holidays and he had to find her. *sigh*
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12-29-2009, 09:14 AM #10Former Member
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I just read this, and though it is sad, I feel IF this was suicide it was a very selfish suicide
risking the divers, the dogs, in that cold lake?? Causing all this pain to her family?
what a kick in the head to the husband after all those years of marriage
I am not "pro suicide" but cases like this make me see the "wisdom" of ? Washington state, Netherlands, Scandinavian countries etc
My guess is that they did have some other indications this was a suicide....note/pills/or things she was saying
I feel sorry for her family and what they went through and for the brave searchers and dogs who labored to find her.
12-29-2009, 06:13 PM #11
I agree with you that it is very selfish.
The only thing that I can say, as someone who struggles with this daily, is that during my worst days I have had thoughts (only thoughts) of ending things. I'm embarrassed to admit that. I'm not normally that way at all (I'm a fighter and an optimist)...but during those times the pain was so severe, and the 'brain fog' so bad (it causes memory loss and very cloudy, mixed up thinking) that I honestly wasn't thinking clearly or even thinking of consequences or what it would do to my loved ones. It can also cause pretty severe depression. I would bet that she was having a really bad flare day, but that is just my own speculation.
I see the merit in what you are saying about some places having assisted 'endings', but honestly I would much rather see more money put into researching this illness so that a real treatment or cure could be found.
I haven't been able to stop thinking about Brenda or her family since I read about this last night. All of my thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family right now.