Sheriff’s office: 2 bodies discovered buried at Texas beach

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This poster released by the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office in Kingsville, Texas, shows James and Michelle Butler, of Rumney, N.H., who have been reported missing along with their vehicle. Relatives last heard from them Oct. 14, 2019, and believe the pair visited Padre Island, near Corpus Christi, Texas. The sheriff’s office said remains of a man and woman were found in a shallow grave on Padre Island, and have been transported to a medical examiner to be identified. (Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Investigators are trying to identify two bodies found buried at a South Texas beach amid the search for a missing New Hampshire couple.

The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy located a woman’s remains Sunday in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi. Chief Deputy Jaime Garza says a man’s body was discovered Monday beneath the first body.

Authorities suspect foul play. The remains have been transported to a medical examiner.

Garza says it’s too early to say whether the bodies are connected to the search for 48-year-old James Butler and his wife, 46-year-old Michelle.

The sheriff’s office on Friday announced that the Butlers were reported missing, along with their truck and RV. Relatives last heard from them Oct. 14 and believe the pair visited Padre Island.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t immediately return messages Tuesday.

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