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Christine A. Rusch

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Rusch, approximately 1989; Richard Grissom in 2007

Date reported missing : 06/26/1989

Missing location (approx) :
Lenexa, Kansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 105 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Rusch and her roommate, Theresa Brown, were last seen in their apartment at Trafalgar Square in Lenexa, Kansas on June 25, 1989. The following day, Rusch called Brown's employer and her own to state they would not be appearing at work, as both of them were feeling sick. Neither woman has been heard from again. Rusch was employed in the marketing division of her father's optics company in 1989. She is a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School.
On June 28, authorities found Richard Grissom Jr.'s car, packed with his belongings, outside of an apartment in Grandview, Kansas. Brown and Rusch's jewelry and credit cards were in the vehicle, as was the key to their apartment and the apartment of another local missing woman, Joan Butler. Grissom operated a painting company and, as a result, had master keys to many apartment complexes in the area. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Grissom was arrested in Texas on July 7, 1989. In 1990, he was convicted of murdering Brown, Rusch and Butler. Grissom, who was also convicted of eight charges related to the murders, was sentenced to four life terms in prison; he will not be eligible for parole until 2095. He is also a suspect in at least two other murders, but he has not been charged in those cases. He is a career criminal who committed his first murder at the Age at the time of disappearance: of sixteen.
Despite extensive searches, none of the missing women have ever been found. Dan Mitrione wrote about them in a book entitled Suddenly Gone - The Kansas Murders of Serial Killer Richard Grissom.

Other information and links : ncy

Lenexa Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

The Doe Network
The Wichita Eagle
The Kansas City Star
Fox News
Unsolved in the News
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
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