Found Deceased TX - James, 48 & Michelle Butler, 46, driving RV to Fort Lauderdale from Corpus Christi, 14 Oct 2019

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  1. zecats

    zecats Well-Known Member

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    Maybe to get gas? Supplies? Shovels? Take the cats somewhere? MOO
     
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    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    Are the searching and paperwork requirements particularly stringent for a “returning” U.S. citizen? I’m picturing someone who doesn’t appear to be Mexican. Fake identity and forged paperwork and it might be easy. I don’t know.
     
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    Nope.....But I betcha it spent some time in San Antonio before it got word to take it across at Del Rio into Ciad Acuna. Nothing but miles of big ranch land below there. A lot of it American owned......I will never cross that border again. It is "survival of the fittest" down there any more.......moo
     
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    About the same here, Sargent/Quintana with trips to Laguna Madre. Done some tournaments and awareness of people and your surroundings is important from what we have been told.
     
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    Well they are from Canada into the US so I’m guessing yes for Mexico.
     
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    Yes, that's what I think and it's not unusual for folks to do when they're camping there. There are a couple gas stations just up the road at the intersection with Whitecap and a grocery store across the bridge in Flour Bluff.

    I can't think about the cats...:(
     
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    Breaks my heart even more to think of those poor frightened animals. It’s such a horrendously sad story.
     
  8. otto

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    So maybe a car thieving ring that works both sides of the border? It's only a 5 hour drive.

    What takes 5 days in the world of vehicle theft? Why was there a 5 day delay between the murders and crossing the border?

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  9. zecats

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    If camper was seen on Oct 19 still on beach, then it’s only 2 days before leaving the area. Still 5 days after murders most likely. I agree it’s a mystery.
     
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    Maybe car thieves. But what about the camper? Why not just steal the truck? Messing with 40 feet of trailer seems risky?
     
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    I would guess they had to take the rigs across at just the right time, with the right people on duty, on the U.S. side..... San Antonio is a big town with lots of hiding places and Cartel power....moo
     
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    Their beloved fur babies, their little home on wheels, taking them to their next adventure... their dream life. All taken from them. I can only imagine the terror and sadness in their last minutes. Heart breaking.
     
  13. otto

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    True, but the last text from them was on Oct 16. They are for all intents and purposes missing as of the last contact from them. There was activity around their vehicles after Oct 16 until Oct 19, but given what we know today, it's not a stretch to suspect that someone else could have been at their vehicles at that time.

    Agree, most likely 5 days between murders and crossing the border. Mystery that must have some explanation - presumably related to vehicle theft?
     
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    Car thief with a lot of guts to steal the truck on Oct 16, come back for the RV three days later on Oct 19, and cross the border another two days later on Oct 21.
     
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    I'm wondering whether the 5 day delay is in any way related to who was partrolling the border crossing that day and that time.
     
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    True. That and RV theft.

    Here's something to consider. Seems they had been camping in the area for a few weeks, and staying at the RV park at Padre Bali Park, where they checked out on Oct 14....only to go about 3+ miles south on the same beach to camp remotely. They had to have met people at the park. Someone maybe suggested they could camp for free if they moved their camper out of the park. Could that be a link to what happened to them? Someone knowing where they went and what they were driving / pulling?
     
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    What is this based on? They were last heard from on the 16th and RV was seen without the truck on the 19th. That doesn't necessarily mean the RV was there for three days without the truck.
     
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    Vehicle GPS has last ping date and time. I'm guessing that the 2018 truck and the RV each had a GPS.

    Can we find out the last ping time for the truck and the RV? Was it both on Oct 16, maybe the truck on the 16th and the RV on the 19th? Maybe the RV did not have GPS?

    Camping for 2 weeks? I think that is upthread.

    So they were at the RV place for 2 weeks until Oct 14, they moved farther South, near "the bowl" (3 miles South of the Bob Hall Pier)?

    Something like this?

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    If they were at the RV park and checked out on Oct 14 to go South, and were last in touch on Oct 16, three miles South where their bodies were found, are you thinking that the link has to be someone who was at their RV spot in the two week prior to Oct 14?
     
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    Trying to understand the big picture, dates, GPS, and activity at the two camp sites from Oct 14 until Oct 19th. When they were parked with their truck and RV three miles South of the Bob Hall Pier, did several people see activity around the RV from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19th? If so, it sounds like a regular RV parking spot, so someone must have noticed some trouble at their RV - at the very least when the bodies were being moved.

    OR were they parked in a deserted remote area alone at no charge? Were they inclined to take chances for a freebie?
     
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