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Donald Emmanuel Butler

Missing Person Case September 2021

Butler, approximately 1979

Date reported missing : 04/22/1979

Missing location (approx) :
Irwin, Idaho
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 03/26/1920 (101)
Age at the time of disappearance: 59 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 5'9, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light-colored Western-style shirt, light-colored pants with black checkers, and a tan Western-style hat.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Butler wears dentures with a partial gold tooth in them.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Butler was last seen in Irwin, Idaho on April 22, 1979. He and his wife were driving west from town in their a white four-door 1968 Pontiac with the Idaho license plate number 8B27888. The car crashed into the Snake River.
On April 28, the Butlers' car was found about 400 yards upstream from the South Fork Lodge in the south fork of the Snake River. Butler's wife was found still buckled inside it, but there was no sign of Butler. He is presumed dead, but his body has never been located.

Other information and links : ncy

Bonneville County Sheriff's Office

September 2021 updates and sources

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Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 12, 2004. May 23, 2019; DOB : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.