Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

PICTURED: Two 'persons of interest' in the murders of New Hampshire couple who were found dead on a Texas beach are seen driving the victims' RV and truck across the border into Mexico

  • James and Michelle Butler were found dead in Corpus Christi over the weekend
  • They had not been heard from since October 16, when contact with their family suddenly stopped
  • The couple had been living out of an RV and truck as they traveled the country 
  • They were from New Hampshire and were heading south to sell Christmas trees for the season 
  • Their truck and RV were driven across the Mexico border on October 20 and 21 
  • Police have not released any information about the identity of the driver beyond that it was neither James or Michelle 
  • Anyone who recognizes the pair is asked to call 361-595-8500 or 361-592-4636. Alternatively, they can email tips to [email protected] 

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Police have released a photograph of two persons of interest in the murders of a New Hampshire couple whose bodies were found in a shallow grave on a Texas beach, driving the victims' RV and truck over the Mexican border days after they were last heard from.  

James and Michelle Butler were making their way to Florida to sell Christmas trees for the season when they suddenly stopped communicating with family on October 16. 

Over the weekend, two bodies which were found in a shallow beach grave in Corpus Christi, Texas, were confirmed as theirs. Police have not shared any details of their injuries but the pair had been dead for several days if not weeks by the time they were found.  

Authorities were at a loss as to who may have killed them. 

On Monday, however, they released a still from surveillance footage of an unnamed man and woman driving the Butlers' vehicle over the border, into Mexico, on October 21. 

In this surveillance footage still image that was released by police on Monday, the male and female persons of interest are shown in the victims' truck, crossing the border from the US into Mexico, on October 20 

Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

James and Michelle Butler were found dead on a beach in Corpus Christi, Texas, over the weekend

They are now asking for the public's help to identify the pair and say they want to speak to them. 

Anyone who recognizes the pair is asked to call 361-595-8500 or 361-592-4636.

Alternatively, they can email tips to [email protected] 

The man has fair hair and large, ear piercings known as gauges. Both he and his female companion, whose face is not visible in the shot, have 'distinctive' tattoos. 

Authorities say they are eager to speak to pair about how they came into possession of the couple's truck.

'I don't know if they were too trusting, people seek them out because they're friendly.

'It's an area that many people don't know each other, come together because someone will start up a BBQ or spark up a fire.

Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

The couple's truck and RV, which they were living out of, was seen crossing the border into Mexico on October 20th and 21st, five days after family and friends last heard from them

Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

The couple's movements are shown in the above map. They left their home in New Hampshire in June 

'What we really need is some connotation to put the individuals into context,'  said Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick. 

He added that police had been in contact with the Mexican authorities but it is unclear yet if they are cooperating with inquiries.  

Now police are exploring the possibility that the couple were killed inside the trailer, though they have not yet suggested any possible motive yet. 

'It's not very often we have a mobile crime scene if the crime was committed say in the trailer,' John Matthews of Community Safety Initiative told CBS. 

The sheriff's office has not released any other information. 

James and Michelle were seasonal workers who traveled the country, picking up work where they could. 

Most recently, they had worked on an oil rig. 

They were heading south to Florida to escape the winter cold in New Hampshire and sell Christmas trees. 

The pair kept family and friends updated with their whereabouts through Facebook posts. 

They have been left devastated by their deaths. 

Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

Their bodies were found in a shallow grave on a beach in Corpus Christi, Texas 

Murdered couple's RV and truck spotted crossing Mexico border days after they were last heard from

James and Michelle had been travelling the US after the former retired from the Navy.

They were seasonal workers and were keeping their family updated on Facebook 

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