Missing Machesney Park woman’s wallet found in Rockford, nothing found in search of Rock River
Online Staff Report
The search continues for Katrina A. Smith, 30, of Machesney Park, Ill., who has been missing since Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, an extensive search of the Rock River was conducted by the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department and multiple assisting fire departments, including Rockford Fire Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The river search was conducted from south of the Latham Road Bridge. Nothing was recovered during the search.
Thursday, Oct. 25, Smith’s wallet was turned over to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. The wallet had been recovered by a citizen in the roadway of a Rockford street and turned in to a business as found property. Once it was determined the wallet was Smith’s, the business called the Rockford Police Department, which contacted the Sheriff’s Department.
At this point, it is unknown if anything is missing from the wallet.
Smith was reported missing Tuesday, Oct. 23, by her husband. She was last seen at around 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, leaving her Machesney Park residence to run an errand.
Smith’s vehicle was found abandoned at Obispo and Ventura in Machesney Park at approximately 7:50 p.m., Oct. 23. Neighbors reported seeing the vehicle parked at that location earlier in the day, unoccupied.
Smith’s purse was recovered Wednesday, Oct. 24, a short distance from where the vehicle was located. During a search conducted by family and friends Oct. 26, paper towels were recovered with a substance believed to be blood on them. These items were recovered in a field between Obispo and Ralston Road. Tests will need to be conducted to determine whether the blood belongs to Smith. Her cell phone was recovered in the 700 block of Ralston Thursday, Oct. 25.
Smith worked in the Human Resources Department at Camryn Company in Belvidere, Ill. She is married and her residence is on Tetterhall Lane in Machesney Park. However, she has recently been staying in Roscoe, Ill., and is reportedly separated from her husband. She has no children, but does have family in the area.
Detectives have been able to determine Smith was shopping Monday night, Oct. 22, between 7 and 8 p.m. at department stores in the area of North Second Street and Illinois Route 173 in Machesney Park. She then reportedly returned to her residence in Machesney Park, and left around 9 p.m. to run additional errands.
Search parties continue to look for Smith, and detectives continue to follow up on leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6400 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.
Posted Oct. 29, 2012
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