Real Name: Pamela J. Butler
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: February 12, 2009
Occupation: Computer Systems Analyst
Date of Birth: Unrevealed
Weight: 120 pounds
Marital Status: Dating
Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Details: On February 12, 2009, 47 year old Pamela Butler called her mother and told her that she and her boyfriend Jose Rodriguez-Cruz would be taking her to dinner on Valentine's Day. However, she and Jose never showed up on February 14. That day, Pamerla's mother and brother went to her home and found that the alarm system was not set, which was unusual as she was very concerned about security. Her house was in somewhat of a disarray, which was also strange as Pamela was known to be very neat. In her home officer, folders were scattered about the floor; in her bedroom, her sheets were missing and her comforter was on a nearby chair. Also, although her purse and cars were at the home, the keys for those cars were missing. Interestingly, the one window in Pamela's house that wasn't covered by her security system was unlocked. The last time Pamela is seen on her security camera is on February 12, when she gets her mail and lets Jose inside her home. The next day, a coworker and a cousin of Pamela's talked to her on the phone, although she was not seen on her cameras. When questioned, Jose said that he and Pamela had ended their relationship on February 13. He was seen on the surveillance cameras entering and exiting Pamela's house three different times. He told police that he was taking his stuff from Pamela's house at the time. Pamela's family and the police suspect foul play in Pamela's case, which remains unsolved.
Suspects: Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, Pamela's boyfriend, is considered a suspect in the case. He was intitally cooperative with investigators, but after police asked him to take a polygraph, he refused and has since become uncooperative. Friends and relatives of Pamela told police that their relationship was relatively amicable, although they did have some arguments. Jose has not been charged in Pamela's case.
Extra Notes: This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on November 20, 2015. The person interviewed in the video is Pamela's brother, Derick Butler.
Results: Solved. In July of 2016, a D.C. Superior Court judge declared Pamela legally dead. On April 7, 2017, D.C. police arrested Pamela's boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, and charged him with her murder. In October of 2017, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to twelve years in prison. He admitted that he beat her and strangled her to death after an argument about his unemployment. As a condition of the plea agreement, he has to lead investigators to Pamela's remains.
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