Sheriff’s deputies answered a disturbance call in Clarke county, West Texas, only to find a squatter residing under a back porch.
There they discovered a sizeable room with borrowed electricity, crude storage tanks for water. The walls appeared to be constructed from pallets, scrap lumber, and cardboard. Packed clay made up the floor, which had been excavated; allowing a person of short stature to stand.
Shirley Fineguard hadn’t been seen for a number of years. It was assumed she moved away after a local textile plant closed.
“We were completely shocked the way it turned out,” Said homeowner W. E. Sandiford of Metford–a small town near Amarillo.
“I thought it was critters,” Said Mrs. Sandiford. “My Lord, why would somebody want to live like that? You know how hot and dusty it gets around here in the summer.
“There are good folks here–church going people. We would have helped her. Well, in a way, I guess we already did; Miss Shirley lived on our property, used our electricity.”
“We’re not going to file charges as long as this young lady gets some psychological help,” Said Mr. Sandiford. “I’m going to keep the shrubbery trimmed from here on out.”
“If I wasn’t so clumsy, and hadn’t dropped something, they’d never have caught me,” Ms Fineguard said to reporters. “I wasn’t hurtin’ nobody. The Sandifords should be thanking me and Mugwump for keeping the rattlesnakes away. Mugwump’s my gray tomcat. With all y’all around, he’s probably headed for the tall timber.”