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Kleberg deputies find possible body near Padre Balli Park

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 09:23:04-04

The Kleberg Co. Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation near the area where missing New Hampshire couple James and Michelle Butler were last seen, in the area south of Bob Hall Pier.

Deputy Chief Jaime Garza told KRIS Communications that a "possible body has been found" at mile marker 263 near Padre Balli Park on Padre Island, where sheriff’s deputies were on the scene overnight and into Monday morning.

A deputy originally went out to the area at around 5 p.m. Sunday evening to follow-up on the search for the couple and reportedly found something suspicious in the sand dunes.

Officials currently are not linking the investigation to the missing couple, and they say neither the Butlers' 2018 silver Chevrolet four-door pickup nor their white RV have been spotted in the area.

The investigation is active and ongoing, and the Texas Rangers arrived at the scene early Monday morning and said they will be helping with the investigation. The United States Border Patrol and Texas Parks and Wildlife are also assisting. Garza also said cadaver dogs and drones also are being brought in.

Reporter Chelsea Torres contributed to this story. This is a developing story. Check back with KRIS 6 News for more updates.