Daughter Wants Slay Suspect to Give Up
DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) _ The daughter of a man suspected in a double homicide pleaded for her father to turn himself in Monday as state police widened their search for him.
The two victims were found shot to death a day earlier in a ranch house in this rural community. Police said the suspect, Henry Butson, 54, was seen in his pickup truck near the home around the time of the shooting.
Butson’s daughter, Michelle Lewis, called radio stations and other media, asking her father to call friends or family to make a plan to return.
``We hope and pray that you get this message,″ said Lewis, 29. ``You need to do this right now, dad.″
Melvin McFarland, 50, and Karen Holderby, 48, a resident from nearby St. Johnsbury, were found dead Sunday at McFarland’s home.
Police broadened the search Monday for Butson to Newark, a small community about halfway between St. Johnsbury and the Canadian border, where he has a hunting camp.
Investigators said Butson was believed to be armed.
Butson and Holderby had been romantically involved for several years, but the couple ended their relationship about a year ago, said Sgt. Bruce Melendy. Holderby recently began spending time with McFarland, Melendy said.
All three worked for EHV Weidman, which makes insulation for the electric industry, said John Goodrich, the company’s vice president and general manager.