Baltimore County, MD. Private Investigators

Legal Eye Investigations, LLC. is a Maryland Licensed Private Investigation Agency.

We serve Arbutus, Baltimore, Catonsville, Edgemere, Hampton, Lochearn, Middle River, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Rosedale, White Marsh, Sparrows Point, Ruston, Sparks, Halethorpe, Glen Arms, Bowleys Quarters, Cockeysville, Essex, Kingsville, Lutherville-Timonium, Milford Mill, Parkville, Randallstown, Rossville, Woodlawn, Carney, Dundalk, Garrison, Lansdowne, Mays Chapel, Overlea, Perry Hall, Reisterstown and Towson, Maryland.  

Missing Persons & Private Investigators

On July 20, 2002, twenty-four-year-old Michell Lee Rust left her residence at 9:30 am to do some last-minute shopping for her son's 3rd birthday party. Michell never returned to her home on Clark Blvd. in Halethorpe, Maryland. Her dark green 1998 Dodeg Caravan was found around 11:00 am that same day, parked in front of a row of houses on Zion Ave. close to the entrance of Hillcrest Park, in the nearby residential community of Lansdowne. The entry key was broken off in the driver's side door and the rest of the key was missing. There was no sign of Michelle or her personal belongings. There was also no activity noted on her bank accounts since her disappearance or with any of her credit cards and nothing has been used since. 

 

Her husband, Dwight "DJ" Rust became concerned when an hour had passed, and his wife had not returned from the store. The police questioned neighbors and friends, but no one actually seen Michelle leave that morning, not even her husband. She never made it to the store and there was no sign of any party supplies having been bought. 

 

 

Michelle worked at a children's day-care facility before becoming a stay-at-home mother. Her family says it is extremely uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Authorities have not ruled Dwight out as a suspect, but they have not ruled anyone else out either, except Michelle's parents.


Dwight was the last person to see his wife before she vanished. He had reportedly had several extramarital affairs and Michelle was afraid that one of his girlfriends might hurt her. Dwight, who began dating Michelle when she was a freshman in high school and married her in 1997, he maintains his innocence in his wife's disappearance and states he does not believe she left of her own free will. He filed for divorce from Michelle in 2007 and sought custody of their son. 

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Private investigators work many types of missing person’s cases including kidnappings, runaways, fugitives, and more. Sometimes people want a loved one found or a long-lost friend. Other times, people need to track someone down for payments or a debt owed. No matter the case, hiring a private investigator is often the best bet when it comes to locating a missing person.

 

When a person goes missing, most people's first thought is to contact the police. While this is indeed a good first measure, there are some things that make it more difficult for law enforcement to find a person than a private investigator. First, a person must be missing for 24 hours in most cases before a police report can be filed. Even then, so many people are reported missing each year (according to the FBI, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), on average, more than 800,000 people) it's difficult for law enforcement to devote much of their resources. Private Investigators, on the other hand, can fully devote their time to specific investigations. There is no statute of limitations on finding a missing person for private investigators. They are often hired to help find missing persons for “cold cases” because their hands are not tied by politics, bureaucracy and budgets. Similarly, unlike law enforcement, private investigators can travel across state borders, or across the country, to follow a lead that turns up without worrying about jurisdictions.

Private investigators work many types of missing person’s cases including kidnappings, runaways, fugitives, and more. Sometimes people want a loved one found or a long-lost friend. Other times, people need to track someone down for payments or a debt owed. No matter the case, hiring a private investigator is often the best bet when it comes to locating a missing person.

 

When a person goes missing, most people's first thought is to contact the police. While this is indeed a good first measure, there are some things that make it more difficult for law enforcement to find a person than a private investigator. First, a person must be missing for 24 hours in most cases before a police report can be filed. Even then, so many people are reported missing each year (according to the FBI, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), on average, more than 800,000 people) it's difficult for law enforcement to devote much of their resources. Private Investigators, on the other hand, can fully devote their time to specific investigations. There is no statute of limitations on finding a missing person for private investigators. They are often hired to help find missing persons for “cold cases” because their hands are not tied by politics, bureaucracy and budgets. Similarly, unlike law enforcement, private investigators can travel across state borders, or across the country, to follow a lead that turns up without worrying about jurisdictions.

Missing Person Laws

When a child under the age of eighteen is reported missing, police are required by a 1982 congressional mandate to immediately take a report and enter the child’s information into NCIC. In 2003, Suzanne’s Law was passed for persons between 18 and 21 reported missing, as part of the national “Amber Alert” bill. Previously, police were only required to report missing persons under the age of 18. With Suzanne’s Law enacted, any person under the age of 21 is considered a missing child and law enforcement is now required to also take an immediate missing person report and enter the person’s information into NCIC. One drawback, many law enforcement agencies are still unaware the law exists. For missing individuals over the age of 21; however, the determination to accept a missing person report is left up to the discretion of each law enforcement agency based upon protocol. Due to the difference existing for missing adults vs. missing children's cases, resources for a missing adult can be minimal at times.

There are approximately 17,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., and many do not have the time or resources to allocate to missing person cases. According to the national Unified Crime Report during 2016, police made 10,662,252 arrests while protecting our communities and leaving police departments throughout the country stretched. This can be frustrating for families who are concerned for the safety of their loved one. Many times, police are reluctant to respond with searches for people who may have left of their own accord, or someone who may be living on the street. In many cases where a search response is required, due to suspicious circumstances or threat to life, an actual search can only be prolonged for so long.

 

In addition, there could be jurisdictional issues complicating a search for a missing person where a person goes missing in one law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction; however, their car is found in another, causing complications in search efforts. Many times, when an adult goes missing, there is not even a starting place or evidence left behind, and the person simply vanishes with no explanation. Or a loved one may go missing while visiting another country which can also tie U.S. law enforcement’s hands and causing virtually no effort to be made to find the missing person.

 

When a loved one is missing, it is necessary to act in a swift, efficient, and organized manner.

 

 

Hiring a Licensed Private Investigator with Legal Eye Investigations, LLC. 


Often, it is necessary to hire a licensed private investigator with experience working with missing person investigations. One who will work cooperatively with law enforcement can be an asset to an investigation. With a private investigator, there is a pre-determined timeframe to search for the missing person that can be extended until family of a missing person is satisfied all leads have been exhausted. There are no jurisdictions holding a case back when a private investigator is involved. Private investigators can travel state to state and even out of the country if warranted.

There are many different situations where a private investigator can be of assistance in a case, such as:

Searching for loved ones who have voluntarily disappeared.
Long-term missing persons/cold cases.
Minors who may be victims of human trafficking or kidnapping.
Missing persons with diminished mental capacity.
Individuals missing due to suspicious circumstances.
Individuals missing with domestic abuse history.

 

 

If a family of a missing person is unable to get law enforcement to take a missing person report or believe they have not been properly categorized as a “high risk” missing person, private investigators can investigate and present their findings to the cooperating law enforcement agency to reevaluate their initial determination and effect a missing person report.


Following are investigative activities Legal Eye Investigations Maryland licensed Private Investigators may assist with:

* Identify circumstances of the missing person’s disappearance
* Determine where the person was last seen
* Investigate potential crime scene and photograph documentation
* Interview the reporting party
* Interview potential witnesses and/or suspects
* Develop list of all known associates
* Communicate with law enforcement details of the case that can assist in making a missing person report or assist an existing police investigation
* Ensure missing persons information has been properly documented and entered into NCIC and other databases
* Systematically canvas area, question local community members, businesses, etc.
* Identify personal belongings that should be saved and can be turned over to law enforcement authorities for DNA testing, if necessary
* Work with media when necessary
* Identify additional resources
* Provide guidance

 

When a loved one is missing, time is of the essence, and it is critical to identify the circumstances of the person’s disappearance. When considering hiring a private investigator with Legal Eye Investigations, it is important to remain cognizant there is only so much that can be done by law enforcement; whereas a private investigator can devote full attention to a case ensuring the proper steps are taken to search for a loved one.