Family offers reward for information

Woman missing 2 weeks from Halethorpe home

August 03, 2002|By Jonathan D. Rockoff | Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF

The family of Michelle Lee Rust, a missing Halethorpe woman, offered a $10,000 reward yesterday for information on her whereabouts.

Rust, 24, was last seen July 20, when she left her home on Clark Boulevard to go shopping.

"She wouldn't just up and go, and we want to find her," said Raymond Lins, her father, who announced the reward at Baltimore County police headquarters with Dwight Rust, Michelle's father-in-law.

The police continue to treat the case as a missing-person investigation, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

"It's not a criminal investigation at this point, but it is being investigated as highly suspicious," Warehime said.

Described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds with red hair and blue eyes, Rust is a diabetic and requires insulin injections. She left her house about 9:30 a.m. July 20 to do some last-minute shopping for her 3-year-old son's birthday. Warehime said Rust, who had been married for six years, had never been missing before and had no known motive to run away.

"We don't know if it's foul play," said Lins. "You can't dwell on that. She's just missing."

There have been no developments in the case since her van was found abandoned the afternoon of July 20 in Lansdowne. Friends and family have papered the community with posters and canvassed the area for clues to her disappearance.

Dwight Rust said family members are supporting each other. "We just all kind of hang on to each other," he said. "It's a very difficult thing to go through."

Those with information who are seeking the reward should call Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888. Information also can be provided to the Baltimore County police by calling 410-307-2020.

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