While he was gone he left the RV he lived in parked in an alley on private property next door to a place owned by a friend of his. It ended up being towed and on October 28th employees from the tow company were searching the vehicle when they found the decomposing body of a woman wrapped in plastic and stuffed in the five foot long freezer. San Clemente Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene.
The body ended up being that of Butterfield’s 21-Year-Old daughter Rebekah, who had been reported missing by her mother in June of 2008. Butterfield is accused of having shot her several times and then suffocated her to death before jamming her into the freezer in the RV. He was charged with murder on October 30th, 2008 and finally extradited back to San Clemente back in April where he has been held since. He was indicted on murder charges yesterday and will be arraigned on December 15th for Special Circumstances Murder During the Commission of Torture and Mayhem and one count of Assault With a Firearm. The charges make Butterfield eligible for the death penalty.
Updated 3/27/11 – Butterfield, who was convicted of his crimes, was featured on the MSNBC series Lockup Extended Stay last Sunday night. According to a blurb I found about the episode (I didn’t watch it) Butterfield claims to be a devout Christian and was hoping for a miracle that would bring his daughter back to life.
Butterfield was convicted of Murder and Assault With a Deadly Weapon last August and received a life sentence.