Warrant Issued for Suspect in Michael Rust Disappearance

06/20/2016—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announce that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual allegedly involved with the disappearance and death of Michael Rust.

Charles Moises Gonzales (DOB: 01/19/1970), of Saguache County, faces first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse and additional charges in connection with Rust’s death. Gonzales is currently incarcerated at a Colorado Department of Corrections facility in Cañon City on unrelated charges.

Law enforcement investigating the incident developed information about the location of Rust’s remains in early 2016. Follow-up investigation identified Gonzales as a possible suspect in the case. The CBI, SCSO and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office worked tirelessly over the past several months on the case, which led to the warrant being issued for Gonzales on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

The remains of Michael Damian Rust (DOB: 10/9/1953) were located in Saguache County between Colorado highways 17 and 285 in early January. Rust was identified through DNA testing in the spring.

Investigators do not believe Gonzales and Rust were known to one another. Details about the events leading to Rust’s death are part of the active investigation.

Please contact the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for details about the case that can be released moving forward.