Utah man with links to murdered New Hampshire couple arrested in Mexico

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Just over a week after the bodies of a New Hampshire couple were found in shallow graves on a Texas beach, authorities say a man seen crossing the border into Mexico in their stolen truck has been arrested.

Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick told KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday that Adam Curtis Williams was arrested by authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco on felony theft charges.

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Authorities believe Williams, 33, and Amanda Noverr might have had contact with 48-year-old James Butler and 46-year-old Michelle Butler. So far Noverr is considered a person of interest.

Earlier this week, they released a surveillance photo of Williams and Noverr crossing the border into Mexico in truck belonging to the Butlers. Both Williams and Noverr are from Utah, and investigators are working to figure out how they allegedly ended up with the truck and the Butler’s RV, and whether the four ever met.

“Were they a soft target? That’s anyone’s guess and the million dollar question at this point – what the motive was. No one seems to know that,” Chief Inspector Lenny DePaul said, of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

The Butlers’ were a retired couple known to travel.  They vanished in the middle of a cross country road trip.  Their bodies were later discovered in shallow graves on Padre Island in Texas, last week.

“Every murder is brutal, but this one was especially ugly,” Kleberg County District Attorney John Hubert said.

Williams and Noverr were last seen when they were captured on camera driving into Mexico at a border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, October 21.

A vigil Sunday in Rumney, New Hampshire, honored the Butlers as “caring people who were always willing to land a helping hand to people in their community.”

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