CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Earlier today, Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Operations alerted the Chaffee County Sheriff”s Office that a subject wanted for escape was likely in the Mount Princeton area south of Buena Vista. The subject, David Butler, age 46, was wanted on an original charge of homicide and was said to have “violent tendencies.”
Deputies located an unoccupied pickup truck registered to Butler in a field off County Road 321 in the Mount Princeton area and initiated a search for Butler who was thought to be on foot.
At about 3:30pm, Undersheriff John Spezze noticed smoke coming from a small barn nearby and called for the fire department to respond. Arriving a few minutes later, firefighters from the Chaffee County Fire Protection District found the barn completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and in the process discovered the body of an adult male inside. The barn was completely destroyed and the body was burned beyond recognition.
Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis examined the body at the scene after which the body was removed to the county morgue. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow, Friday. The body has not been positively identified.
The search for Butler continued until darkness prevented further efforts.
The fire is under investigation by investigators from the sheriff’s office, the Chaffee County Fire Protection District, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Other agencies involved in the operation were the Buena Vista and Salida police departments, the Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Chaffee EMS, Colorado State Patrol, Saguache County Sheriff‚s Office, and the local office of the district attorney.