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Maryville, TN 37804

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December 10, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant


Maryville couple dies as a result of a murder/suicide

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a Maryville couple died Saturday as the result of an apparent murder/suicide.

Jennifer M. Rust, 39, of Sam Houston School Road, and Matthew A. Rust, 37, same address, were both found dead at their residence early Sunday morning.

Early Sunday, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Rust's home on Sam Houston School Road on a welfare check of Jennifer Rust after she failed to report to work Sunday morning. Sheriff's deputies found the Rusts deceased in an upstairs bedroom. The Sheriff' Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene. The investigation, as well as preliminary results of the autopsies performed on the Rusts are consistent with a murder/suicide perpetrated by Matthew Rust.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, you are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division during normal business hours at (865)273-5001.

The investigation is ongoing.

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