Medical Examiner: Cause, manner of death for Portsmouth mother undetermined

Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-17 20:20:45-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The Norfolk Medical Examiner says they are unable to determine a cause and manner of death of Portsmouth mother Kathleen “Katie” Barham.

Barham’s body was found June 10th in a wooded area just a street away from where she was last seen.

She had been missing since May 27th around 10:30 p.m. when she went to wash a load of clothing in her apartment building in the 6500 block of Bickford Lane.

Her death has not been ruled a homicide; police are considering it a suspicious death.

The Medical Examiner’s findings are another blow for the Barham family. Jayne Barham, Katie’s mother, now doubts she will ever find out what happened to her daughter.

“I don’t think I am ever going to get them [answers],” said Jayne. “I’m sorry to say that, but I really believe that. I even told the detective that.  He told me not to think like that, he said they are still investigating.”

What the family does know is that Katie’s body will be cremated and her ashes will be left on her brother’s grave.

“We are going to go to Florida and lay her to rest with her brother. My son was murdered. I had two beautiful children and now I don’t have them no more,” said Jayne.

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