Search continues for Halethorpe mother missing since Saturday

Police call disappearance suspicious

photos posted

July 24, 2002|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF

Family, friends and concerned community members have been plastering telephone poles and store windows throughout the Baltimore area with pictures of Michelle Lee Rust of Halethorpe, hoping someone can provide a clue to her whereabouts.

Rust, 24, left home Saturday morning on a shopping trip and has not been seen since. Baltimore County police have termed her disappearance suspicious.

But a department spokesman said yesterday that there have been no new developments since Rust's car was found abandoned in a Lansdowne neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

The posters say Rust is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 140 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black V-neck shirt, a cross necklace, a blue sapphire ring and her diamond engagement ring.

"We are just hoping and praying [the posters] will trigger some memory," said her husband's uncle, Norm Rust, who is acting as a spokesman for the family.

According to the family, Rust went to do some last-minute shopping for her son's 3rd birthday party at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The party was to be that afternoon at her home on Clark Boulevard, so her absence was noted right away, said Norm Rust. "Our concern was very quick and our attempt to find her was very quick," he said.

Rust said family members are not sure where she was headed; she liked to shop at several stores in the area. Her green 1998 Dodge Caravan was found on Clyde Avenue in Lansdowne.

The family is also concerned because Michelle Rust is diabetic and requires insulin injections.

Rust, whose maiden name is Lins, is a lifelong resident of the Halethorpe and Arbutus area who graduated from Lansdowne High School. Her family is active in the nondenominational Halethorpe Community Church, where Rust frequently helps with children's programs. She has been a stay-at-home mother since her son was born.

"She is an incredible wife and mom," said Norm Rust. "She loves children. ... She is a girl of character and faith."

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-887-0872.

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