Family sees pattern of clues in woman's disappearance
The second of two parts in Paul Duggan's excellent series about Pam Butler, the missing D.C. woman, can be read today:
Romance is for younger folks, Thelma Butler said. Until she noticed a cluster of heart-shaped red balloons on sale at a grocery store one morning, it hadn't occurred to her that Valentine's Day was near. To an elderly widow living alone, the occasion meant little.
Never again, though, will Feb. 14 be just another day on her calendar.
She waited that Saturday in her small house in Southwest Washington. And she waited and waited. Her daughter Pam Butler, 47, had called two days earlier, saying that she and her boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, wanted to treat her to a Valentine's dinner. They were supposed to pick her up at 3 p.m. for the early bird. Then 3 p.m. came and went.
Washington Post Editors
November 25, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
Categories: From the Post , Paul Duggan , The District , Unsolved
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