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MN PEGGY RUSNESS & BERNARD RUSNESS: Missing from Wolf Lake, MN - 3 April 1976 - Age 41 & 48

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  1. Scorpio

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    Peggy Rusness and Bernard Rusness went missing from their farm home in Wolf Lake, Minnesota, that burned to the ground on April 3rd, 1976. Their son Brian's remains were found in the fire, Bernard and Peggy were not.

    All their vehicles were in the driveway, and the hood was open on the Ford pickup, as Bernard was installing a P.A. System. Keys were in the ignition in all three vehicles. They were seen at the grocery store earlier and Bernard was seen leveling out their driveway with his tractor at about 4:00 p.m. that day. Bernard and Peggy have not been seen or heard from since. Foul play is suspected.


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  2. Scorpio

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    Details of Disappearance
    Peggy and her common-law husband, Bernard Rusness, disappeared from their Wolf Lake, Minnesota farm on April 3, 1976. They went to the grocery store together, and later, at 4:00 p.m., Rusness was seen leveling his driveway.

    Between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, neighbors noticed the house was on fire. It burned to the ground; nothing could be saved. The body of Bernard and Peggy's eight-year-old son, Brian, was found in his bedroom, and authorities also discovered the remains of two family dogs in the ashes, but Bernard and Peggy were missing and have never been heard from again. The fire marshal concluded they had survived the blaze.

    All the family vehicles were left in the driveway with the keys in the ignitions of each one. The hood was up on their four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck, as Bernard was installing a sound system. The couple also left about $1,000 in their bank accounts and never picked up their last paychecks from work.

    The family's house had originally belonged to Peggy's mother. Peggy moved there in 1974 to care for her mother, who was sick. Bernard visited on weekends. Less than a year later, Peggy's mother died, and Bernard moved into the home with Peggy. At the time of their disappearances, the couple had recently finished remodeling the house.

    Although the family lived in a very small town, they didn't socialize often and their neighbors didn't know much about them. Contrary to what they told people, they were not legally married; Bernard had never divorced his first wife, who lived in Fargo, North Dakota. Peggy's former husband also lived in North Dakota. Brian's babysitter described Peggy as a very protective mother.

    Bernard and Peggy's disappearances remain unsolved. Foul play is suspected in their disappearances.
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  3. Scorpio

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    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Becker County Sheriff Department
    Agency Contact Person: Investigator John Sieling
    Agency Phone Number: 218-847-2661
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 09005201

    NCIC Case Number: M828196196
    NamUs Case Number: 12304
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  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Wolf Lake is roughly 190 Miles Northwest and a little over 3 Hr Drive from Minneapolis. Never been there. And guessing I never will. The 2010 Census there were 57 People. I won't even try to say I understand this Case. Cause...NOPE! It dosen't make any sense at all! Son's Body found in burned down House. But there is NO SIGN of them. One of them killed him and burned the house?. We've all heard that before so it's happened. But She was described as a "Overprotective Mother". It was her "Mother's House" (Possible Sentimental connection) and they had just finished "Remodeling" it. All the Vehicles were there and accounted for. Hood on a "Truck" was up because Mr. Was installing a "P.A. System". He had leveled out the "Driveway" earlier in the day. And were seen at the "Grocery store" that day. Money in the bank left untouched. What I find kind of odd. She moved into the House to take care of her mother. But He didn't until after Her mother's death. Apparently they weren't legally married. But they did have the Son. Did her mother not like this and wouldn't allow it?.Both had been Married but not "Divorced". Which I don't understand either. I don't see where the "Son" was her Ex's child. It seems to me they didn't kill their Son. The "Accusations" stated by "Family Members" had apparently been made on "Topix" but link is removed. But it had been Stated they were stating they knew who did it. And it does seem EXTREMELY STRANGE in a Town with less than 60 People NO ONE would know anything. Riiiight.

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