STAFFORD CO., Va. - Approximately 45 miles from where she disappeared almost nine years ago, police searched for Pamela Butler, but her body may never be found.
Pamela's brother, Derrick, tells DCW50 he spoke with police after the search and they told him the cadaver dogs had several hits over a quarter-mile which would not be logical to dig up.
The construction of the express lanes as well as the landscape changes likely also made an impact.
"It's extremely disappointing," he said over the phone.
He said Metropolitan Police told him they would be searching for her remains near the I-95 express lanes in Stafford County earlier this week.
A spokesperson for Virginia State Police confirmed that they assisted D.C. Police with a criminal investigation, and the Garrisonville Road access points to the Express Lanes were closed for the duration of the police activity.
The investigation began around 10:00 a.m. and lasted until about 12:15 p.m.
D.C. Police could not provide specifics, but did say in a statement:
"We would like to get closure for the family and recover Pam's remains. We have been working with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the hopes of making that happen."
Butler, 47, was last seen at her home on the 5800 block of 4th St. NW on February 17, 2009.
Her family had her legally declared dead in July 2016.
Back in April, police announced they had arrested her ex-boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, 51, of Fairfax, Va. for her death and charged him with first-degree murder.
Police Chief Peter Newsham credited the arrest to a detective in the department's cold case division.
Rodriguez-Cruz entered a plea agreement that will keep him behind bars for 12 years under the conditions that he helps law enforcement locate Pamela's body.
He pleaded guilty to murdering her in 2009 and disposing her body.
Derrick tells DCW50 he hoped the search would happen sooner, but police explained that they had to gather pictures of what I-95 looked like back in 2009 to determine exactly where to search.