Investigators in Texas announced Friday that two bodies found in a shallow grave on a beach in Corpus Christi have been identified as James and Michelle Butler of Rumney, N.H.
Their deaths have been ruled as homicide.
The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office officially notified the family of the Butlers on Friday.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the (Butlers) on the tragic loss of their loved ones,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The Butlers were reported as missing persons on Oct. 23 after family and friends lost contact with them.
James and Michelle Butler of Rumney were last seen in Corpus Christi on Oct. 16, according to the sheriff’s office. The couple was known to stay in touch with family on a daily basis.
The Butlers were last known to have set up their truck and RV trailer on Padre island on Oct. 15.
Two bodies were recovered Oct. 27 and 28, according to the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office.
A news release stated officials are working on the investigation and attempting to identify persons of interest and are also attempting to find the whereabouts of the Butlers’ truck and RV trailer.
Multiple agencies, including Texas Rangers, Texas DPS Crime Lab, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife are investigating.