SAGUACHE — The family of rural Saguache resident Michael D. Rust, who was presumed killed on March 31, 2009, by persons unknown, announced yesterday they were withdrawing the offer of a $25,000 cash reward for information regarding his case.
This withdrawal applies to any and all reward offers made by the family since 2009.
Because of other pressing financial matters within the family, the Rusts could no longer offer the cash reward.
However, they continue to urge anyone with information to contact either the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 655-2544, or San Luis Valley Crime Stoppers at (719) 589-4111. Information can be provided anonymously to these agencies.
“The family also wants to again take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the help and assistance that has been provided by so many people in the San Luis valley during this tragedy. We thank you all very much,” said Carl Alan Rust on behalf of the family of Michael D. Rust.
Rust’s bloodstained motor bike was recovered, but his body never was found, and no one has been arrested in connection with his disappearance and presumed death.
Investigators in the case believed Rust had returned to his isolated home outside of Saguache to interrupt a burglary in progress. It appeared he grabbed his pistol and pursued the thieves who later may have used his own pistol against him. Investigators believed more than one suspect was involved and that they moved Rust’s body from where his broken pistol grip and bloody vest were found.
Rust was well known in the biking community for his innovations in mountain bike and high wheeler design and was inducted into the Colorado Mountain Bike Hall of fame in 1991.