Murders arenâ€™t usually the topic of conversation among RVers. But then again, two recent Texas beach camping murders arenâ€™t your every day homicides. The tragic end of James and Michelle Butlerâ€™s lives has RVers buzzing with chatter all over the Internet. Many like myself are questioning the safety of free camping in remote places.
The Butlers Did What Other RVers Do All The Time
From the Butler family’s Facebook page, ‘Finding Michelle and James Butler.’
James Butler had recently retired from the U.S. Navy when he and his wife Michelle decided to give the full-time RVing lifestyle a try. The New Hampshire residents were full-time RVers for just over a year when they took a break from a series of workamping jobs.
After staying in a Corpus Christi RV park along with their three cats, they packed up and went boondocking on a lonely stretch of Corpus Christi shoreline.
The Butlers set up camp in a free spot near Padre Island National Seashore between Mile Markers 263 and 264. Itâ€™s called â€œThe Bowlâ€� and itâ€™s near the border, but in an area considered as â€œfamily friendlyâ€� according to locals quoted in news outlets. The stretch of sand has few people, wide open spaces and oceanfront views.
RV camping on Corpus Christi National Seashore camping spot (not the Butler’s rig).
Over the years thousands of people have gone camping on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Butlers may have discovered that free spot in one of the many free campsite websites throughout the Internet.
Once settled, they called their relatives to tell them they found their new home for a week or two and were never heard from again.
What Happened to the Butlers?
Less than two weeks after losing contact with relatives, authorities found their remains buried in the sand on October 27, 2019. Days later, the Kleburg County Sheriff Department
René M. Agredano