Private Investigator Makes Progress In Soldier's Mysterious Deat

Private Investigator Makes Progress In Soldier's Mysterious Death

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Judy Rust is convinced she'll find out the truth about what happened to her son, Sergeant Patrick Rust, a Fort Drum soldier who was found dead just outside Watertown 10 years ago.

"I know something happened to him and I know somebody did something to him and somebody knows something. I'm going to find out who and why," she said.

Sergeant Rust went missing in March of 2007. He was seen leaving a bar in Watertown and wasn't seen again until his body was found 6 months later in a farmer's field in the town of Hounsfield.

His case is still open with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Back in 2010, after 3 years without answers, Judy Rust turned to Forensic Consulting Specialties, a private investigation group out of Syracuse.

At first it had success, then the investigation fizzled - until now.

"All our efforts are beginning to pay off and we're making progress towards getting answers for Judy," said Dennis Griffin, an investigator for Forensic Consulting Specialties.

Griffin has been handling the case for the last 7 years.

He's a 20 year veteran investigator both privately and for the state department of health.

"This has been, far and away, the longest, and the most complex, and at times the most frustrating thing I've ever worked on," he said.

Griffin won't say what the progress he's made is, but Judy is meeting with the investigators in a couple weeks to hear what they've found.

Until she knows the truth, Judy keeps a candle lit on the mantle.

"I just thought he'll see the light and maybe someday we'll find out what happened to him," she said.

Both the sheriff's department and private investigators say anyone with any information on what happened to Patrick Rust should call them no matter how small or how crazy the information might seem.

The sheriff's office number is 315-788-1441. The private investigator can been reached by calling 315-729-9811.

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