newsfamily wants answers in rockbridge missing person case which takes twist with new info

Family wants answers in Rockbridge missing person case, which takes twist with new info

Chris Graham
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Photo: Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office

The family of a Vesuvius man last seen on Glasgow Mountain on Dec. 5 is frustrated with the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, which one family member thinks is “dragging on his case, almost like it didn’t happen.”

“They don’t suspect foul play, but truth of the matter is, they really don’t know anything,” a family member wrote in an email to Augusta Free Press last week regarding the disappearance of Dustin Cody Butler, 37.

Butler reportedly got into an argument with someone at the Glasgow Mountain residence at which he was last seen on Dec. 5 and left on foot, and has not been seen or heard from since.

The latest from the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office on the Butler missing person case comes from an update to the RCSO’s Facebook page on March 17 that updated the status of Butler from “missing person” to “missing person/wanted person.”

According to the update, the sheriff’s office reported that at the time of Butler’s disappearance, the RCSO had obtained multiple arrest warrants against Butler regarding allegations of sex offenses involving children.

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Photo: Facebook

Butler’s most recent Facebook post, dated Nov. 23, 2022, noted as his status “feeling done,” and the message was “I’m so without you f–k this life. Goodbye is all that’s left.”

Another post from Nov. 23, 2022, had Butler sharing this message: “Not sorry for the feelings I have. Situation got blown way out so idc what anyone thinks of me.”

The missing person notice from the sheriff’s office in December offered that Butler battles depression and bipolar disorder.

The family doesn’t agree with the sheriff’s office that there was no foul play involved in Butler’s disappearance.

“The people last seen with him have told so many different stories and are walking around untouched. They keep making excuses for not putting this story on the news. It’s been going on four months. The family is crushed. It’s like nobody wants to help, and I mean truly help. There has to be something that can be done,” the family member who reached out to us last week wrote in the email to us.

If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts or his disappearance, contact the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office at (540)-463-7329.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].