Ex-Boyfriend Charged With Killing Woman Missing Since 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. police say they have arrested the former boyfriend of a woman who disappeared eight years ago.

Authorities say Jose Angel Rodriguez-Cruz was arrested Friday and charged with killing 47-year-old Pamela Butler.

Butler, who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, disappeared from her Northwest Washington home in February 2009.

Butler’s body has never been found, but a judge declared her dead last July.

After Butler’s disappearance, police questioned Rodriguez-Cruz, whom she had met through on online dating service.

Authorities reopened the case in February, but it was not immediately clear what led them to arrest him this week.

Rodriguez-Cruz, a former military police officer, has previously denied any involvement in Butler’s disappearance.

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