Texas 2 bodies found at Texas beach are New Hampshire couple

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FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, several state agencies conduct an investigation on a Padre Island, Texas beach in Kleberg County after human remains were found. Investigators say two bodies found buried at the South Texas beach have been identified as a missing New Hampshire couple. The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Nov. 1, that the deaths of 48-year-old James Butler and 46-year-old Michelle Butler are being investigated as homicides. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP, File)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Investigators say the two bodies found buried at a South Texas beach have been identified as a missing New Hampshire couple.

The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office in Texas announced Friday in a release that the deaths of 48-year-old James Butler and 46-year-old Michelle Butler are being investigated as homicides.

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

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

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