VFW Worker Accused of Sexually Abusing Boys Found Dead

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

The Eaton Rapids woman who was arrested earlier this week and charged with sexually abusing two boys at a VFW home was visited at her home again by police Saturday night. They believe she committed suicide.

News Ten was first to break this story Saturday night.

"The ambulance came. We saw them take the body out of the house," said a neighbor who wanted to stay anonymous.

The neighbor happens to be one of many in the neighborhood who used to live at the VFW National Home for Children where 44-year-old Misty Botke worked, and was accused of sexually abusing two boys living there between 1998 and 2006.

A disturbing end to the story which shocked them all, is leaving the community shaken.

"The emergency people came and left. No sirens," said Dave Walter, who lives nearby. He says police responded to the house a4round 8 p.m. Saturday night. "Maybe three or four (police) cars...They were here for a long time."

Before Botke's alleged suicide, she was scheduled to be back in court this week for her preliminary exam; facing seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. That's when she would have been hearing testimonies, and seeing evidence brought against her.

Instead, Botke will never be ruled as guilty or not, leaving much of the community and her husband without closure: "He was screaming, I shouldn't have left her," said the anonymous neighbor.

We're still working to get more details from police, including where the abuse investigation will go from here.

Stay with News 10 for updates.

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  • by Chele Location: Lansing on Oct 30, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    It wasn't too long ago a teacher from this area was accused of the same thing, and found to be innocent soon after his death of a heart attack. The girl and her boyfriend cooked up a scheme that was easily unraveled. Unfortunately by then, he had suffered the loss of everything, including his life, and in his last days was left humiliated and chastized. We are too quick to react, and too quick to use unverified accusations for an easy headline. I'm not saying this woman was guity or not, what I am saying is no one else should have assumed either, or blasted her picture and all her information out there so she could automaticly be tried and hung by a majority of the public.
  • by Rhonda Atta Location: DFW on Oct 24, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    I grew up with Misty and am grateful to have reconnected with her the last two years. I am deeply saddened by her death. I do NOT believe for one moment that Misty is capable of harming a child. Misty gave her life to God in her teens and worked a lifetime to support and care for children in circumstances that she herself had lived. The following is an excerpt from a communication between Misty and me in June 2010. I think it represents every bit of Misty's passion and heart. She loved the children she cared for and would never harm them. "...each step of my life's journey has led me to my job. To comming from a similar background just like mine. So I can say, I know how you feel! And now 22 kids later I feel I Have made a difference! They are now great husbands and wives and parents! That is why I am not bitter but thank God for each person who positively impacted my life! I would love to connect back with you guys, I want you all to know how much I appriecate the sacrifice you all did for us four kids! I am off and running right now. One of our kids' birthday is today and he is so sad becuase once again his family has let hime down so I am going to take him out to have a fun birthday! So you have a great day lady! Thanks for forigiving! M" Another reference of Misty's own words: http://alumni.wakeeney.com/getevent.php3?id=432 Why don't you use this as a "personal interest" story and dig into both these allegations and Misty's life. She deserves much better...
  • by anonymous on Oct 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
    she wasnt innocent.what she did was avoid prosecution.she had been accused of this prior to the two boys and the vfw hid it.this all could have been avoided
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    And if she was innocent, her life is wasted. Her husband will still feel guilt for something he had no control of, not whether he should or shouldn't. This is sad all the way around for her, her family, her accusers, her previous workplace, her neighborhood,and many others.
  • by Stanley Location: Stockbridge on Oct 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    The worst thing about this is that her husband will have all this guilt that he really shouldn't have. If guilty of the crimes of which she's accused, she did us all a favor.
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