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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — [Nov. 2] — Two bodies found on a South Texas beach are that of a missing New Hampshire couple — James and Michelle Butler, police confirmed on Friday.

Homicide investigators are now working to determine the whereabouts of the couple's missing pickup truck and RV trailer, according to a release from the Kleburg County Sheriff's Office.

The couple had last been seen in the Corpus Christi area on October 16, 2019, prior to their discovery on October 27, 2019.

[Oct. 30] — The bodies of a man and woman were discovered on a South Texas beach amid a search for a missing New Hampshire couple, police say.

Police, however, have not yet positively identified the bodies due to their decomposition and have transported the remains to the Medical Examiner's Office for identification and an autopsy.

48-year-old James Butler and 46-year-old Michelle Butler, of New Hampshire, were last seen in the Corpus Christi area on October 16, 2019, according to the Kleburg County Sheriff's Office. They were reported missing along with their truck and RV.

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, investigators responded to an area known as "the bowl" on Padre Island, approximately three miles south of Bob Hall Pier, after a cell phone believed to belong to the missing couple pinged in the area. There, a deputy located a woman's body in a shallow grave in the sand. The next day, the body of a man was discovered beneath where the woman was discovered.

The Butlers were believed to be in their four-door 2018 Silver Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, bearing license plate No. 3738968, which was towing a Cedar Creek RV with New Hampshire license plate No. T533534. Anyone with information on the Butlers' whereabouts is asked to contact the Kleburg County Sheriff's Office at (361) 595-8500.

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