Black D.C. Woman Disappears, Police Say Case Has "Hit Dead End"

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From the Washington Post:

They made a love connection in cyberspace, two lonely strangers in their 40s, each long divorced and yearning for new romance.

By all accounts, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz and Pam Butler were a happy couple for most of their five months together. “This was a woman I really cared for, okay?” said Rodriguez-Cruz, who met Butler through the online dating service eHarmony.

“I mean, I treated her like a queen.”

Then, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, she disappeared.

“I’m telling you,” he said, “there’s no way I would ever hurt her.”

And no one can prove he did.

Butler, 47, a computer specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency, vanished in February in what D.C. police think was a homicide. From the outset, detectives have focused on Rodriguez-Cruz as a suspect, searching his Alexandria apartment with a warrant, taking his car and other belongings, digging into his past and questioning him aggressively.

But with Rodriguez-Cruz denying any knowledge of Butler’s whereabouts and detectives lacking enough evidence for an arrest, the stubborn case “has gone about as far as it can go at this point, unfortunately,” a law enforcement official said.

A dead end.

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