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5065DMAZ - Charles Martin Russell


Name: Charles Martin Russell
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: February 2, 2002
Location Last Seen: Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1944
Age: 58 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 180-190 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Chuck
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He has "Born To Raise Hell" tattooed on his left shoulder.


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Charles and his fiance, Catherine Nelson (NamUs MP# 1074), were traveling in their red Ford SVT Lightning F-150 pickup truck with Arizona license plates 274-HBF at the time of their disappearance. The truck was discovered abandoned in the parking lot of Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Tucson on February 7, 2002. Russell's checkbook was located inside the glove compartment. There was no indication of a struggle at the scene and no additional evidence was found inside the vehicle.

Nelson and Russell's family members told authorities that it is uncharacteristic of them to leave without warning. They left their dog unattended inside their house, as they planned to return home during the evening of February 2. Their relatives stated that Nelson and Russell would have placed their pet in a kennel if they expected to stay away for an extended period of time. They are described as having a very stable and loving relationship.

Authorities believe that Nelson and Russell may have been lured to Tucson for the purposes of a robbery, but little evidence is available to prove any theory. Foul play is suspected in Nelson and Russell's disappearances. In 2015, 44-year-old Brian Ferry was arrested for the murder of 58-year-old Charles Russell and 42-year-old Catherine Nelson. Ferry has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Phoenix Police Department - Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
Agency Contact Person: Detective Stuart Somershoe
Agency Phone Number: 602-261-8065
Agency Phone Number: 602-534-2121
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 2002-20238541A

Agency Name: Tucson Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 520-791-4487
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 1098

Information Source(s)

North American Missing Persons Network

Admin Notes

Added: 1/29/2017; Last Updated: 1/29/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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