Robert Durst Possibly Linked To Missing College Student

Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is now being linked to the disappearance of a college student over 44 years ago.

"We are aware of the connection between Robert Durst and the disappearance of Lynne Schulze. We have been aware of this connection for several years and have been working with various outside agencies as we follow this lead," reads a statement from police in Middlebury, Vermont.

Eighteen-year-old Schulze disappeared without a trace on December 10, 1971.

She was a freshman at prestigious Middlebury College, and Durst owned and operated a health food store, "All Good Things," not far from the campus.

One photo shows him outside the store with his wife, Kathie, who disappeared in 1982 and is presumed dead - possibly at the hands of Durst.

The store also appeared in the 2010 movie inspired by the Durst case, All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling as a Durst-like character and Kirsten Dunst as his suffering wife.

Here's the timeline on the day Lynne Schulze went missing:

  • 12:30 pm - She was spotted outside Durst's health food store eating dried prunes.
  • 2:15 pm - She was standing across the street from the store - it was the last time she was seen alive.

John Flowers is a local newspaper reporter. He told INSIDE EDITION, "He ran a store here and that she may have made a purchase there around the time of her disappearance has obviously piqued some interest. For now, they're saying it's just a coincidence."

Her disappearance remains the most notorious cold case in the history of the quaint New England town.

The co-ed's sister was interviewed by Vermont TV station WVNY in 2012.

She said, "It turned our family upside down and completely changed all of our lives."

Meanwhile, Durst appeared in court in New Orleans with his head shaved and a nasty scar that can be seen in a video of Durst from last summer.  

We're now learning he suffers from Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain, and had surgery to have a stent implanted.

His lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, spoke to the Today show. He said, "He's not in good health. He's got some very serious health problems, but he's competent."