The Disappearance Of

Bo Butler

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Bonnie M. Wells

James "Bo" Butler: Missing from West Virginia

Another search is underway on Sunday for missing Bo Butler, 55. He has been missing from Hill Top, Athens area West Virginia since April 3, when he didn't show up for work. He was last seen driving his 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

"Unless he wrecked on his way to work, then there's foul play," Reba Crawford, Bo's sister said, "because he would not have missed work. He's 55-years-old and he's just bound and determined he's gonna go to work. He'd just hurt his ankle a couple weeks ago and he went to work anyway."

Bo's regular route is from Hill Top through Athens, down Spring Road to Route 19, to Route 10 to Pineville.

"We're going to continue to search from here to the Wyoming County line," said Tim Farley, Director of Mercer County Emergency Management.

Bo's Chevy truck is red with black and is missing a front bumper. The first three letters of his license plate are OPR.

If you have any information about Bo please call 304-466-2800. There is a $5,000 reward.

The Body Found In {**Wyoming } County Has Been Identified

By Kristin Bartee

WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA)-- The family of James Bo Butler and the West Virginia State Police has contacted WVVA to confirm that the body found in Wyoming County is that of Butler .

55-year-old Butler went missing April 4th after leaving his home and heading for work in Wyoming County .

The body was found Friday on a {*gas well road } off Crumpler Road in Herndan by someone looking for scrap metal. No word yet on how Butler died or where his red pick up truck may be located. Foul play is suspected.

James Paschal “Bo” Butler Jr.

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Police Find Bo Butler’s Remains

By TAMMIE TOLER Princeton Times Fri Apr 29, 2011,

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.

From Bring Bo Home : This is a pitcure of a truck that resembles Bo's truck. Keep in mind the red s-10 that belongs to Bo is red with black trim and is missing front bumper. Bo's truck is well used and considered rough in apperance.


Bluefield Daily Telegraph The Bluefield Daily Telegraph Thu Apr 28, 2011, 06:05 PM EDT

HILLTOP — James Paschal “Bo” Butler, Jr. 55, of Hilltop, was found dead in a remote section of Wyoming County after missing for three weeks.

Born November 21, 1955, in Princeton , he was the son of the late James Paschal Butler and Ruth White Butler.

Bo was a graduate of Hinton High School and was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Headwater Resources near Pineville.

Bo truly loved the outdoors, especially *hunting and fishing. He cared deeply about his three sons and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Benji Butler; along with two brothers, Larry Ragan and Patrick Sutherland.

Those left to cherish his memory include three sons, James Paschal “Hobie” Butler III of Beckley, Nicholas Adam “Nick” Butler and wife Rachel Nichole of Pettry, Jamie Benjamin “Bubba” Butler of Princeton; four sisters, Linda Jenkins of Pettry, Reba Crawford and husband Dana of Cool Ridge, Christa Huth and companion John Luciano of the Brickyard Road, Sally Marlowe of Hilltop; a host of nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, from noon until 2:00 p.m., a time of gathering and sharing will be held at the Memorial Funeral Directory. At 2:00 p.m., we will travel to the Butler Family Cemetery at Hilltop where Bo will be laid to rest beside his son and parents with Pastor Jim Stanley speaking.

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Serving as pallbearers will be his three sons, Hobie, Nick and Bubba Butler, John Crawford, Victor Sutherland and Tony McManaway.

The Butler family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton .

November 12, 2013

Arrest Made In Connection With 2011 Murder

By Greg Jordan // Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HINTON — An arrest has been made in the two-year-old murder of a Summers County man who regularly traveled through Mercer County while commuting to his job in Pineville.

James “Bo” Butler, 55, of Hill Top was reported missing April 5, 2011 after he failed to report for work. Searchers in Mercer County checked the Lashmeet area, part of the route Butler usually took to work, for clues. Butler’s body was later found three weeks later in a remote part of Wyoming County.

Oscar Ross Combs, 44, a Wyoming County resident, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder, according to First Sgt. M.T. Baylous of the West Virginia State Police. The arrest was made with assistance from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Combs is currently incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Oscar Ross Combs

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