Murder in Mayberry: True Crime in America's Hometown
Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith
Monday, May 22, 2006
Dusty Shuck ~ New Mexico Missing Woman’s Body Found In Maryland
Less than one month ago, Lori Atwood dropped off her daughter, Dusty Shuck, at a counseling appointment in Silver City, N.M. It was the last time Atwood saw her 24-year-old daughter alive.
On April 24, Atwood dropped Dusty off at the Border Area Mental Health Center. She then walked from the center to Copper Manor Motel. She checked out of the motel and found a ride out of town, according to police. "There was no fight," Atwood said on her daughter's departure. "There was no problem. She just took flight." Nine days later, on May 4, Dusty's body was found near a truck stop off Interstate 70 in Maryland. "I knew something bad had happened," Atwood said. "I didn't know it would be this bad." "We need to find out who picked her up, how far they drove her out of Silver City and where they dropped her off," Atwood said. "There was no hiding her body, so he's done it before. There was no sexual assault, he just killed her."
On May 4, a motorist on Interstate 70 found her body near a truck stop in Frederick County, Md. Investigators said Shuck, last seen in New Mexico on April 24, died from a combination of blunt force trauma to the head and a slit throat.
Police believe Shuck was killed elsewhere because there was scant evidence at the scene, about 25 miles west of Baltimore. She was wearing a tank top and sweat pants but no shoes. Her head was wrapped in a bloody cloth.
If you have any information, contact the the Maryland State Police at (800) 492-8477