Crime, Police/Fire

Police suspect foul play in 2002 disappearance of Baltimore County woman

BALTIMORE, MD—Police in Baltimore County plan to be in the 1800-block of Clarke Boulevard in Arbutus searching for evidence related to the disappearance of Michelle Rust. The Baltimore County Police Department has completed several interviews as well as a thorough study of the evidence and have concluded that the disappearance of Michelle Rust was the result of foul play.

Rust disappeared on the morning of July 20, 2002 as she was making preparations for her three-year-old son’s birthday party. It was first believed that she disappeared while going to the store to buy supplies for that party. However, interviews with various witnesses have determined that no one saw Rust actually leave her home on Clarke Boulevard, and no one ever saw her behind the wheel of her vehicle, a green 1998 Dodge Caravan. The van was found on Clyde Avenue in Lansdowne soon after her disappearance.

Investigators have also found that there has been no activity on any of the missing woman’s financial accounts. No money has been taken from ATMs and no checks have been written on her account. In addition, her credit cards have not been used – or found – and there has been no trace of her personal property, such as the clothes and jewelry she was wearing that day.

Detectives have attempted to rule out suspects by determining individuals’ whereabouts and activities on the day of the disappearance. So far investigators have been able to rule out only her mother and father as suspects.

Family members say that Michelle Rust loved her three-year-old son, and would not have disappeared on her own, leaving the child behind. She is also a diabetic and dependent on insulin, which adds weight to the conclusion that she was the victim of foul play.

Michelle Rust was 24 years old at the time of her disappearance. She is described as a white female, 5’4″ tall, 140 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes, and she had a permanent retainer on her lower teeth. At the time, she had a cut on the ball of her right foot. She was wearing a black V-neck shirt, a princess cut sapphire ring, a diamond engagement ring and a white gold cross necklace with diamonds. Her maiden name is Lins.

Detectives will also be conducting searches of other undisclosed locations in Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

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