Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Princeton Times

April 29, 2011

Police find Bo Butler’s remains

PRINCETON — Since April 4, James “Bo” Butler’s family has sought answers. This week, the news that they had dreaded for almost a month arrived.

“They did identify Bo,” Butler’s sister, Reba Crawford said Thursday, referring to the remains discovered April 22 along Crumpler Road, near the Wyoming County community of Herndon.

West Virginia State Police Cpl. A.S. Reed later confirmed the report.

“We did positively identify him, as of yesterday,” Reed said. “Foul play is suspected.”

The officer said investigators were continuing to follow up on tips and leads in the case, and anyone with information is still asked to call the WVSP Hinton detachment at 304-466-2800, or call 911.

“We still have not located that truck,” Reed said.

Butler was driving a red, 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup truck with a missing front bumper and a license plate that began with the letters OPR at the time of his disappearance, and investigators believe the vehicle may hold clues that could help solve the case.

“If anyone knows where that truck may be, we ask that they’d call us,” Reed said.

Crawford previously told the Princeton Times that she and her husband had fished with Butler along Bulltail Hollow Road the day before he disappeared, and that he was in good spirits at the time. The next morning, he left his Hill Top home and headed for his job at a mine reclamation site near Pineville.

He never got to work.

For 18 days, Butler’s family searched tirelessly for him, driving his route to work and even recruiting volunteers to walk portions of West Virginia Routes 20, 19 and 10, hoping that they could spot something on foot that might be missed by air or motor vehicle.

Then, last Friday morning, someone searching for scrap metal reported finding human remains near Crumpler Road.

At that time, the remains were identified as those of a male, but further information required extensive testing at the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in South Charleston.

Crawford said her brother was the type of man who would help anyone, and family members are still searching for answers.

“He is good-hearted, would help anybody. He would absolutely help anybody,” she told the Times earlier. “He has humongous hand and arm muscles, but his heart is even bigger than his hands.”

Anyone with information on what happened to Butler or his vehicle are encouraged to call 304-466-2800 or 911 and report that information to law enforcement officers. West Virginia State Police Cpl. A.S. Reed is the lead investigator in the case.

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