Person of Interest Wanted in Connection with Slain New Hampshire Couple Arrested in Mexico
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — A Utah man wanted by authorities in connection to the deaths of a New Hampshire couple found buried in South Texas last weekend was arrested on felony theft charges, according to the Kleberg County Sheriff’s department.
Authorities have confirmed the arrest of Adam Curtis Williams, 33, of Logan, UT in the town of Ajiic in the Mexican state of Jallisco on Wednesday after police released surveillance footage of Williams driving a vehicle believed to belong to James Butler, 48, and Michelle Butler, 46, of Rumney, NH earlier this week.
Texas authorities discovered the bodies of the couple buried in a shallow grave on Padre Island on November 1 after being reported missing since mid-October. Friends and family members say the Butlers had been touring the country since June, 2018 and had kept in close contact through social media.
Williams, who has a lengthy criminal record including a 2019 charge of sexual abuse and forcible rape as well as 2010 charges for drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession, was captured by Mexican authorities on Wednesday and extradited to Houston where he was processed and booked into Kelberg County Jail, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Jaime Garza.
Also wanted as a person of interest in the case is Amanda Noverr of Logan, UT, a woman identified by police on surveillance as Williams’ possible accomplice. According to CBS, a woman named Amanda was detained by Mexican authorities on Wednesday alongside Williams but have yet to confirm her full identity.
“We’re glad to hear the arrest has been made and await what’s next,” said Deborah van Loon, James Butler’s sister.
Both Williams and Noverr have yet to be accused of homicide in connection with the case. Investigators have not mentioned any possible motive for the killings, or whether the couple had been in contact with the pair.
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