Foul play suspected in Maryland mother's 2002 disappearance

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Michelle Rust disappeared on July, 20 2002, when she was preparing for her 3-year-old son's birthday. More than 10 years later, the Baltimore County woman has not been found, either dead or alive.

Baltimore County police have determined that Rust was the victim of foul play, but no arrests have been made in the case.

Initially, police believed that Rust vanished while she was going to a store to buy supplies for her son's party. But no one saw the 24-year-old drive her minivan on the day of her disappearance.

Her vehicle, a green 1998 Dodge Caravan, was found a couple miles away shortly after she went missing. The clothes and jewelry that she was wearing have not located, and there has been no activity in her financial accounts, police said.

Rust's family have told police that she loved her young son and would not have left him behind. She is also a diabetic who is dependent on insulin, police said.

Rust would be 35 today if she is alive. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. She had a permanent retainer on her lower teeth.

Anyone with information can call 866-7-LOCKUP (866-756-2587). Callers could be eligible to receive a reward of up to $12,000.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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