House of missing woman destroyed in explosion
By Janet Lundquist and Brian Stanley Sun-Times Media July 15, 2013 10:56PM
Updated: August 17, 2013 6:47AM
The home of a Joliet Township waitress who has been missing for more than a month was demolished in a powerful explosion Sunday night, severely burning the woman’s boyfriend, Will County sheriff’s police said.
James Borg, 44, who also resided in the house at 135 SE Circle, is hospitalized at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood with burns over 70 percent of his body, authorities said.
Sheriff’s police spokesman Ken Kaupas said police and the state fire marshal have concluded that the blast was arson, resulting from Borg tampering with the dryer’s gas line, which was cut deliberately and the valve left “wide open.”
“This was no accident,” Kaupas said. “It’s my guess that (Borg) didn’t intend to live through this.”
Borg’s girlfriend, Anne Gay, 52, has been missing since June 10. Kaupas said the couple had a stormy relationship and police consider Borg the main suspect in Gay’s disappearance.
He said sheriff’s police searched Borg’s house and truck last week and questioned him at length regarding Gay’s whereabouts. Gay was in the process of moving out of the house when she was last seen, Kaupas said.
A source close to the investigation said cadaver dogs alerted inside the house during the search but no body was found.