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Krista Lueth Missing: $100K reward in 2008 disappearance, presumed death of Mich. State student

Krista Lueth, 34, went missing in 2008 leaving no trace. Police believe she might have been killed but a body was never found. A $100K reward is not being offered for information in the cold case. CBS affiliate WLNS

Krista Lueth, 34, went missing in 2008 in Lansing, Mich; $100K reward is being offered in the case.
CBS affiliate WLNS
(CBS/AP) LANSING, Mich. - A $100,000 reward is being offered to help solve the disappearance and suspected slaying of a Michigan State University student who has been missing for five years.

Krista Lueth, 34, was last seen the evening of Nov. 11, 2008, at the house she rented in Lansing, and the case is being investigated as a possible homicide. She was pursuing a second bachelor's degree in horticulture and had attended classes at the East Lansing school earlier that day.

"I feel there is someone out there that has info about Krista Lueth's homicide. I really do," state police Detective Sgt. Tom DeClercq told CBS affiliate WLNS-TV.

According to the Lansing State Journal, when Lueth left the house between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. that November day, she locked the door, leaving a pan of food on the stove covered by a plate. She didn't attend her 6:30 p.m. class at a greenhouse about a half-mile away that night.

Her father, Roy Lueth of St. Clair, reported her missing the next day.

"She was excited about her moving on with her life, finishing her studies at MSU, moving to New York for her master's degree," DeClercq said.

Her credit cards and phone weren't being used after Krista disappeared, officials said, and she didn't reach out to contact family members. Investigators have said they don't believe her disappearance was a random act.

Authorities reportedly said Lueth was not depressed and there weren't indications she had any problems.

Lueth's case has been cold for five years. The reward was made possible by an anonymous donor through Mid-Michigan Crime Stoppers, and is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Krista Lueth's disappearance or death.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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