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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Michelle Rust: Missing Mother From Maryland

On July 20, 2002 Michelle Rust left her home to go shopping for birthday supplies for her son's third birthday party which was being held later the same day.  What started out as a trip to the store ended up being the last time anyone has seen Michelle.  The last person to see her, her husband, Dwight, or "D.J."

When she didn't return to her home in Halethorpe, MD on time, family members started searching for her and found her vehicle abandoned in the neighboring community, Landsdowne, with a key broken off on the driver's side door lock.

The community and family came together and organized searches for Michelle, but they did not yield any clues as to her whereabouts.  No clothing, jewelry or personal items were ever found, not even a black bag she carried with her diabetic supplies inside.  After several months authorities categorized her vanishing as foul play and, of course, started searching for suspects.

It's reported that her husband, "D.J." was having extramarital affairs and feared that one of his girlfriends may have done harm to Michelle.  Authorities said that no one has reported seeing Michelle leave her home that day, other than what "D.J." told them.  He maintains his innocence in her disappearance and says that he saw her in her vehicle rounding the bend while leaving their home.  He also states there was no one else seen in the car with her.

Michelle Rust was attending Halethorpe Community Church and helped coordinate the youth activities there.  Those who knew her, adults and youth alike, described her as "likable with a passion and a heart for people."  Several of the youth befriended her and her vanishing left them mourning and praying for her return.  Although her parents, Ray and Gwen Lins, have accepted the fact that she is likely dead, they also describe her as a loving, caring mother who would never leave her child.

Although "D.J." Rust divorced Michelle in 2007, he still lives in the same home from which she disappeared in 2002 and retains custody of their son.   He has not been ruled out as a suspect.  After all these years the only ones who have been ruled out as suspects are Michelle's parents, Ray and Gwen Lins, who continue to miss her.

There is still an open and ongoing investigation and someone knows something.  By circulating this article around the internet you will be doing your small part in possibly getting the information in front of that someone who knows.

From FBI:

DESCRIPTION

Date of Birth: July 27, 1977
Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland 
Sex: Female
Hair: Red 
Height: 5'4"
Eyes: Blue 
Weight: 140 pounds
Race: White 



REMARKS

Michelle Rust was last known to be wearing a black v-neck shirt along with the following jewelry: a white gold cross necklace, a blue sapphire ring, and a diamond engagement ring. She is an insulin dependent diabetic.

Individuals with information concerning this case should take no action themselves, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI Office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.



If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: 
Baltimore County Police 
410-307-2020 
OR 
410-887-3943
 


NamUs #MP 2279   https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/2279/0/








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48 comments:

Kimmy said...

I don't even know what to say. If the only witness is DJ, who is to say she ever left her home? And where is the recourse for the missing? It's almost time when getting married in lieu of a pre nup, have your spouse sign a search warrant to search every inch of the premises if one should disappear!

Leah said...

Is there a pool at the home they shared?

A question:

When was the concrete poured?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping her name and case out there. I still think of her and her sweet heart. Barbara

Anonymous said...

This article isnt fully true.. he doesn't still live in that home. He is now out of the country, living happily and remarried. With his son with Michelle and more children...
I miss her! Not only were we friends, but her van was found at the top of my mother's street. I found myself behind her mother's car a lot.. that had her missing persons report taped to the back window... heartbreaking... and he's not only out of the country, but re-married like nothing happened. So sad... <3 Michelle... <3

Delilah said...

Thank you so much for updating about Michelle's case. May she be found someday and may you, her friend, and her family find some peace.

Anonymous said...

Here is a correction: DJ IS still living in that home - married with 2 more boys. The girl he married is the one he was having the affair with when Michelle disappeared.

Yes, they have a pool but it wasn't added until a few years later. DJ & Michelle only lived in the house for 2 weeks before she was murdered. Yes, I do believe she was murdered.

Her disappearance has caused many family members and friends a lot of pain. Whoever did it needs to be punished.

I miss her terribly.

Anonymous said...

This is a lie. He sold the house and he lived for up until last year. I grew up with Michelle and I can tell you her son was her number one. There will be justice. DJ has married one of his mistresses and they have another child. They still live in the area where they lived when Michelle disappeared. I just spoke with her dad and her son a few Weeks ago. Get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

Very true. She was wonderful one of my best friends as a girl. I am so glad you corrected the moron above who say they were out of the country.Really? I do believe she was murdered . I have heard the rumors about the porch that she was in there. I don't think it would be that easy. I pray for family daily.

Anonymous said...

3 days after she was missing someone needs to look under the driveway

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that her van was parked near one of the places DJ knows best... the baseball field at Lansdowne High. The team used to park their cars at the corner of Zion and Clyde during practice and home games. All the athletes knew that.

Anonymous said...

Its very very sad that people can get away with murder. If everyone keeps posting this on their page and keep calling the police dept and politicians, they will push harder to solve the case instead of placing it somewhere in the cold case files. Keep it fresh in their minds and find her so the family gets some peace and closure. Maybe, just maybe, and however unlikely, she us still alive somewhere! My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and may God see that she us found.

Anonymous said...

I have heard her body is under the house that was being built for DJ and Michelle at the time she went missing.

Anonymous said...

I had heard a rumor DJ and his dad were the culprits. Look in any concrete work done for her disappearance.

Anonymous said...

I heard, and this is terrible, that there was equipment at one of the Luckies stores that could have been used to get rid of a body & any evidence.

I think it's good to get this out there & circulating again. I was just talking about this case the other day.

It's gotten so "old" & cold that now there's so many rumors & speculation you don't even know what could be true or possible & what is just BS.

I do have a question though: I met her son several years ago, in 2010 - he is my son's age & they played together. Took me months to realize who he was (I never met him). But when I first met him, he told us his name was one thing & then a few months later he was going by a different name. I didn't know if this was to keep him out of the "spotlight" if someone recognized his name or what. I just thought it was weird.

Anonymous said...

Why has the driveway never been looked under if they have cameras that can X-ray trucks can't they look under there it was put in shortly after she disappeared ,and what about DJs dad everyone knows he would do anything for dj even cover up,everyone knew in the neighborhood he was running around it was obvious , and he knew she wasn't comming back why would a parent let their child open the biggest gift from them both after a short time of her leaving knowing how important it was to her to see him open that gift how he or his mistress and Dwight sr can live with themselves is besides me he even made a statement to a few people saying when his property was being searched they won't find her here they know where she is and hopefully it won't be long till she is found and closure and answers are finally with her family.

Anonymous said...

This is so sad there are so many rumors going around like where its said he body is in the bottom of the pond in hillcrest park by the high school and concrete is what kept her in the bottom, sad the family and her son deserves closure. I don't know what I would do in this situation if it involved my family. Whats in the dark always comes to light and whoever did this will eventually get their karma even if it doesn't involve the law. RIP Michelle

Anonymous said...

He never seemed to be that distraught over her disappearance don't you think he would continue searching and putting the word out to find the mother of his child and wife even if remarried your son deserves to keep his mothers case open and never give up and it is a fact about the gift he let hunter open without Michelle being there like he knew she wasn't comming back .if it were my wife I wouldn't let the world forget even if I got remarried I'm sure my wife would understand and want to help find her he acts like he doesn't even care they know where she is that's why he had to marry the mistress so she doesn't sing like a canary or maybe she is just as guilty

Anonymous said...

I heard he had the keys to the Lucky's warehouse and may have used the incinerator there to get rid of her body. I have a feeling the police know he did it, they just dont have much of a case without her body. It disgusts me when I see him and his mistress (now wife) together acting like they are just one happy family. So sad.

Anonymous said...

DJ now lives on Rehbaum Ave in Halethorpe...big house on the corner near Ascension Church. I believe he is re-married now. Why don't the new owners of their house on Clark have it completely searched?

Anonymous said...

The house on Clarke is owned by Dwight Sr. DJ lives on Rehbaum with his wife and 4 children this includes Michelle's son. I think his wife's father helped them buy it but is now in foreclosure.

Anonymous said...

The house on Rehbaum is in forclosure? Interesting. I know they keep a huge dog in a fences area on the side of their house for "protection". Apparently they had threats when they moved into the Rehbaum house. If DJ's father now owns the home on Clarke, that explains a lot as to why it has never been searched thoroughly.

Anonymous said...

I always found it weird that there wasn't more on the news about this disappearance... and also wondered how many more women disappeared that we (the public) never hear a word about.

Anonymous said...

I was just talking about this the other day. I remeber sitting in class watching the divers look in the lake for her. I pray her family gets closure soon. 13 years has gone by and still no answers. There has got to be something that the police can do. I did not know her but i could only imagine what i would be going through if my husband went missing. I would probably go crazy going over stuff and demanding the police get the fbi involved or something.

Anonymous said...

I realize that people want to keep her story out there, however why is this coming back all of a sudden with so much attention on social media?

Anonymous said...

If you were her parent, her friend, her co-worker, would you want her story forgotten? If Social media can assist in any way, it's a good thing. I didn't know Michelle, but I lived nearby. I remember the missing posters. I sure hope her family and friends have an answer someday.

Anonymous said...

The house is now in forclosure and on the auction market. Maybe this is a good time for the police to take advantage of a search warrant for the property

Anonymous said...

http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?ID=61179013335&rn=0&portalAction=item

Here is the link for the house with photos

Dinah said...

It is very interesting to look on the judicial website on this family. Both her husband and father in law have had serious issues with the law. Both had forclosures and court leins. Plus the husband was sued for child support on 2004 after the wife went missing and before he married his other mistress.

Mandie L Kiser said...

Wow

Mandie L Kiser said...

Wow

Mandie L Kiser said...

Wow

Anonymous said...

this is do sad sending lots of prayers to her son and family i believe they need to look under the driveway and in the pond there is no way a mother could just leave her child like that i do not believe she even left the house

Anonymous said...

No one has lived in that house for years! It was on the market but the pictures of the place were atrocious, the house was a mess and they were asking too much. I believe that it was bank owned because they just up and left several years ago. The same thing that his parents did with the house that they owned next door. If someone thinks that she could be buried somewhere in the concrete of the porch or driveway now would be the time to have that investigated since no one is in the property. My heart is so sad for her son and her parents. They have had to live with the anguish of not only losing their daughter but having to deal with DJ in order to see their grandson. I pray that one day they can have closure and be able to give their daughter a proper burial.

Anonymous said...

He doesnt live there anymore but when he did not one of us have ever thought he is innocent he knows what happen and pretty sure his dad does to just by comments he has made look in their eyes when you ask about her its obvious they know besides who kets their son open his big gift from mommy and dad not long after she left its on video he knew she wasnt returning and he never kept it hidden he had a few mistresses we all saw that so sad that he can act like nothing happen , dont remember a big pool but a driveway out in not long after ahe went missing which i thought was odd, also what about the back roads like race rd or river rd their not far oh it was definitely foul play

Anonymous said...

Oh their not happy they are both miserable people and after being around them both for a shirt holiday party couldnt wait to leave they bickered the entire time it was horrible they cant stand each other guilt must really be eating them up

Patty said...

Prayers for Ray and Gwen for all the pain and suffering they have endured..

Anonymous said...

A few people said the same thing about the back roads.

Anonymous said...

Keep this going. Someday there will be closure for the family and the case will be solved and someone will be in jail serving time for her murder. I am a dear friend of hers and do believe she was murdered. Her family and friends need closure.

Carrie said...

Does it really matter if he lives here or out of the country? This is about finding Michelle & you two are taking the focus off of that with your bickering, shame on you! Now let's please focus on bringing a missing mother & daughter home to her parents and son!!!

Angie Delawder said...

Dj once said to me i would never have to worry bout her coming back. I wass the woman he was talking to before he married the other chick.Ashley. i thjnk Dj had something to do with her disappearing...

Chris said...

Does anyone know if she was related to Marilyn Rust? Marilyn was in my 1969 graduating class @ Keough...

Anonymous said...

This is just crazy DJ was an asshole who cheated at every opportunity I knew one of girls, n pretty much everything they are saying is true his dad had a big part in her death

Anonymous said...

I don't know, if this Jane Doe could be Michelle: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8175

This Jane Doe probably had red hair and has given birth to one child.

Anonymous said...

Did you tell the police that?i am sure him and his dad both had something to do with it,it struck me odd when his dad said to a friend that they wont find her here and she said the look in his eyes was crazy he also had access to chemicals and lucky stores they both are shaddy

Anonymous said...

This case has stayed on my mind for years, i was reading some of the comments in here and i remember hearing about the big gift and how DJ let hunter open it before Michelle got back and you mean the detectives dont find that strange or how this man never seemed distraught or his father who w I uld do anything for his son, and what about the 2 womwn who worked in the office with Dwight sr i heard he was good friends with them and he caused the luckys stores to close down, i do know when properties were being searched he made a comment they wont find her here and no emotion and come on even if you marry for the 2nd time you would think you would want to keep searching for anything find your wife and child alwaus

Anonymous said...

There is 2 houses on Clark Blvd. The one DJ lived in and then the one that his parents lived in. The one his parents lived in was sold several years ago. The one that DJ lived in has not been sold yet and is still owned by the bank. I don't think it can be searched until it sells.

fireluv143 said...

Did the police ever check the lake at Lansdowne high school ?

fireluv143 said...

Did the police ever search the Lake at Lansdownehigh school?

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