Christine A. Rusch

1 2
Above Images: Rusch, circa 1989

Bar

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 26, 1989 from Lenexa, Kansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Bar

    Details of Disappearance

    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 below 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 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.

    Grissom
    Above: Richard Grissom in 2007

    Bar

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lenexa Police Department
    913-477-7330

    Bar

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

    Bar

    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 16, 2016; middle initial, height and weight added.

    Charley Project Home