Family fears worst as Lawrence man remains missing for 5 years

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Fifty-year-old Lorne “Rusty” Casey has been missing from Lawrence for more than five years, and his family is heartsick.

“It hurts, it’s painful. We miss him, especially the holidays,” his sister, Valerie Swormstedt, said.

Lorne Casey was last seen on April 25, 2015. He was walking between his apartment in Lawrence and a friend’s apartment in Andover. Lorne did not own a car.

Lorne’s cell phone was recovered in Andover, near the friend’s apartment, but it’s not clear if that’s where he vanished. Loren’s family told Boston 25 News that he made a final call from Lawrence on April 25 from a gas station; he told the friend on the other end that he had lost his cell phone.


One of Loren’s roommates reported him missing to Lawrence Police on April 27. The investigation brought detectives to Andover. Police searched the wooded area and the river near Stop and Shop, but they did not find any sign of Lorne Casey.

Lawrence Police said Lorne has not accessed any of his financial accounts since April 25, 2015. Lorne’s family is worried he was a victim of foul play.

“In the middle of the night you can find yourself in all kind of trouble, even if you didn’t go looking for it,” Lorne’s sister, Nancy Dowling, said.

“We suspect foul play. It’s not like my brother Rusty. It’s just not,” Valerie declared.

If you have any information about Lorne Casey, you are urged to contact Lawrence Police.