Has the case of an eHarmony bad-date gone cold after 14 months?

By Stephen Pate – Pamela J. Butler, a financially independent woman who worked at the EPA, went missing on Valentine’s Day 2009.

There were more than 80 unsolved homicides in Washington DC in 2009 reports the Metropolitan Police Department. Pamela J. Butler isn’t among them.

Without a body or evidence of foul play, Pam Butler is just a missing person. A well dressed, well employed, fastidious, cautious and careful person who disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason.

She was last seen by her boyfriend Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, an ex-service man suffering from PTSD. They had fought that evening and she kicked him out of her life.

Pam Butler was never seen again after that Friday night.

Jose Rodriguez-Cruz re-entered her home several times over the weekend, through a side window eluding her security cameras. Cruz claims he was retrieving his belongings from Butler’s home.

Someone took the sheets off Butler’s bed and destroyed them as well. Someone also took her wallet and car keys but left two expensive cars in the driveway, a Mercedes-Benz and gold Jaguar.

Was it Cruz? Did he kill his former lover in a fit of anger and spend the weekend disposing of the evidence?

Cruz has a police record for violence against women. He has a motive, the opportunity but no evidence ties him to her murder or disappearance. Cruz refused to take a lie detector test when asked by police.

Jose Angel Rodriquez-Cruz, boyfriend who saw Butler alive on Valentine's Day

Jose Angel Rodriquez-Cruz, boyfriend who saw Butler alive on Valentine’s Day

“There is nothing whatsoever new with the investigation,” said  Paul Duggan of  the Washington Post, “according to the homicide guys I talk with on this. Their best hope, I think, is that her remains will eventually turn up and yield new evidence.”

Duggan wrote an extensive and fascinating series of articles about the disappearance of Pamela Butler. Woman vanishes, leaving a trail with no end.

The Washington DC police call Cruz a suspect but that’s it. The case has apparently gone cold with no new leads.   “Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.”

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