UPDATE 8/24/16 – A $20,000 reward is being offered for information on the whereabouts of Michelle.
UPDATE: 8/17/15 – Michelle’s case has been assigned to the LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau according to Cold Case Detective Steve Lankford, after they have stated it is not voluntary missing.
Lankford told KCAL9 Jennifer Kastner he couldn’t give specifics but found red flags that leads him to believe Russ was taken against her will and could be now out-of-state. He did say that new information has come out that Michelle was last seen in the Quartz Hill area getting into a vehicle near 51st West, and he believes she was kidnapped.
Original story: Michelle Russ, 26, from Quartz Hill, Calif. was last seen on May 9, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. on May 9 in the Quartz Hill home she shared with her father and young son, near 50th Street West and Avenue M, according to her sister Christine Russ.
“She told my brother-in-law that she was going to meet up with some people that she had met earlier in the day, and he said, ‘no, don’t go do that,’ and then when he called a little bit later, she was still home,” Christine Russ said. “So I don’t know if she ever left the house, we don’t know what happened.” Later that night Michelle put her son to bed and then disappeared. “When my dad woke up in the morning, she was gone,” Christine Russ said. “She never showed back up, she never called, nothing.”
She was wearing black pants and a dark shirt. She is 5’2″ tall, 125 pounds with blonde hair. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.