The decomposing bodies of a man and a woman are buried in a shallow grave in the hunt for a missing New Hampshire couple who were last seen on a secluded beach in Texas on their way to a new job in Florida.
James, 48, and Michelle Butler, 46, from Rumney, were missing by their concerned family after not having been in contact with them since 2 p.m. on Oct. 14. Lovers say they were used to talking to the couple daily.
The couple had traveled through America in their motor home and had gone to Fort Lauderdale from November 20 for a part-time job selling Christmas trees.
But after they stopped contacting family members and their cell phones went straight to voicemail, the alarm was triggered. It is understood that Michelle & # 39; s bank account has not been used since October 16.
Kleberg County police confirmed the grim discovery on Monday until The Caller Times. The two corpses were found near where the couple was last seen in Padre Balli Park buried on each other, the authorities said.
According to the authorities, a cell phone believed to belong to the couple had fiddled with the area.
James, 48, and Michelle Butler, 46, from Rumney, photographed as missing by their concerned family after not having been in contact with them since 2 p.m. on Oct. 14
The two corpses were found near where the couple was last seen in Padre Balli Park, pictured, buried at each other, authorities said Monday
Jaie Garza, deputy chief of the Sheriff's Office of Kleberg County, said: “We stayed overnight to protect the integrity of the crime scene.
& # 39; Both have been severely dissected and taken to the medical examiner, but it may take a few days before we & # 39; know their identity.
TIMETABLE OF THEIR LOSS
June 2018: Butlers leave their home in Rumney, New Hampshire in their motor home
October 14, 2019: Last seen in Padre Balli Park
21st of October: RV passes an unspecified border control point in Mexico, but & # 39; James does not drive & # 39;
22 October: Eyewitness & # 39; sees James Butler & # 39; in a Walmart in Calallen on US 77
October 27: Two bodies found on Padre Island
November 20th: The couple's destination was Fort Lauderdale in Florida
In a further turn, the couple's RV was seen on October 21 when passing an unspecified border checkpoint in Mexico – but the family says the clip shows that James was not driving.
And a day later an eyewitness claims to have seen James in a Walmart about 38 miles from where they were last seen.
Joanna Trevino Garza wrote: & BOYS, my husband and I stopped and prayed for this man on Tuesday the 22nd around 8.20 pm in Walmart in Calallen on US 77.
& # 39; He said he was from New Hampshire and said his name was Dennis. He said he had lost everything and needed help with food.
& # 39; He clearly suffered some kind of memory loss or PTSD. If there is anyone in that area, please watch out. I have already contacted the department of the sheriff etc. The most important thing is that prayers are needed. & # 39;
The two bodies have not yet been formally identified, but James & sister Deborah Van Loon told WMUR: & # 39; If they are not, that's a big coincidence, that's for sure. & # 39;
Agent Garza said: & # 39; It could be something that happens to be. That is why we try to collect as much information as possible. We do not know which direction this is going.
& # 39; We are focused on finding these bodies and finding the family. Error game is suspected. & # 39;
The couple had traveled in their motor home and were on their way to Fort Lauderdale
An eyewitness claims James in a Walmart about 38 miles from where they were last seen & # 39; suffering from some kind of memory loss & # 39;
Their camper was seen on an unspecified border checkpoint in Mexico on October 21 – but the family says the clip shows that James was not driving the vehicle
Deborah said about her brother: & He is a great guy. Loved to be comical. He always fooled, everyone confused. That is his nature. He would do anything for everyone. & # 39;
James and Michelle had been traveling to the US after the former retired from the navy. They often shared images of their adventures on social media and traveled in their Silver Chevrolet 2500 from 2018 with a white Cedar Creek RV.
Deborah said: & He traveled the world in the Navy and never spent time in the United States. So they crashed into a camper around the United States. & # 39;
She added: "They are heading for the Texas coastline on their way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, because they have a job selling Christmas trees for a month in November."
One of Deborah's last conversations with her brother was about the couple who sold their New Hampshire home.
She said the last place she knew was Burners Beach in Corpus Christi.
James and Michelle had been traveling to the US after the former retired from the navy
The couple often shared images of their adventures on social media, in the photo
The two bodies have not yet been formally identified & # 39; wrong game is suspected & # 39;
Deborah added: & # 39; It is so unusual that they leave the net without telling us: & # 39; Hey, we'll get off the net for a few days & # 39 ;. It's hard to sleep. It's hard to focus on something. & # 39;
Caitlin Roth, who said the couple is her parents-in-law, said: & They have children, a granddaughter, siblings, and very close friends with whom they talk daily.
& # 39; If they wanted to do that [unlink], we know they'd let us know. & # 39;
DailyMail.com has contacted the office of Kleberg county sheriff and Deborah Van Loon for comment.
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