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Missing Charles Martin Russell
Russell, circa 2002; Nelson and Russell's pickup truck; Brian Ferry, circa 2015
Missing Since 02/02/2002
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 10/14/1943 (77)
Age 58 years old
Height and Weight 5'9, 180 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Russell's nickname is Chuck. He has the phrase "Born To Raise Hell" tattooed on his left shoulder.
Nelson and Russell were traveling in their newer model red Ford SVT Lightning F-150 pickup truck with the Arizona license plate number 274-HBF at the time of their disappearances. A photo of the vehicle is posted with this case summary.
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.
In January 2015, Brian Ferry was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Russell and Nelson's disappearances. A photo of Ferry is posted with this case summary. He has a prior criminal record; he served three and a half years for fraud and auto theft. Authorities stated forensic evidence had helped lead to an arrest.
Ferry was tried for the murders in early 2018, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict and the judge declared a mistrial. He was tried a second time later that year and convicted of the murders in May 2018. In June, he was found dead in his cell; his death was ruled a suicide.
Foul play is suspected in Nelson and Russell's disappearances due to the circumstances involved.
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