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Body found in Carter County

Friday, March 7, 2003

Three people in custody for apparent murder

VAN BUREN - Three persons, including the man's wife, are in custody in connection with the disappearance and apparent murder of a former Sikeston resident.

On Thursday, the Carter County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol located the body of Russell D. "Rusty" Adams, 46, formerly of Sikeston and now residing in Ellsinore.

Adams, who was reportedly disabled, was first reported missing Feb. 24 by his wife, Lori Adams. His 1985 Chevrolet van was found Feb. 24 on Stoddard County Road 485 near Dudley.

According to Stoddard County Chief Deputy Rick Cook, he and the other officers searched an approximate two-mile radius area around the van four different times and were unable to locate Adams.

According to a news release issued by the Carter County Sheriff's Department today, evidence was obtained by investigating officers during interviews that Adams was killed with a .22 caliber revolver. The body was reported disposed of in a wooded area of rural area of Carter County.

The murder weapon was recovered at a different location on Thursday.

Officers said three persons involved with the disappearance and death of Adams have made confessions.

Taken into custody in connection with Adams' death were his wife, Lori A. Adams, 40, Dustin D. Adams, 19, and Phillip W. Catlett, 29. Apparently all resided together on Ellsinore Route 1.

The three are being held pending the filing of formal charges.

An autopsy on Adams is scheduled today in Farmington.

Assisting the Carter County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the investigation was the National Park Service.

Nunnelee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.