Nov. 8 dinner to benefit search for missing Machesney Park woman

Staff Report

Family of missing Machesney Park, Ill., woman Katrina A. Smith will hold a benefit dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Casey’s Pub, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, Ill. Funds raised from the benefit will go to fund further search efforts and to raise a reward for information about her disappearance.

Pizza and pasta from Napoli’s will be served at the dinner. Cost is $10 per person.

Donations of products or services to be raffled at the dinner are being accepted. For information about how to donate, call (815) 914-0110 or contact Casey’s Pub at (815) 218-9696.

An account has been established at Riverside Community Bank, and donations can be made at any of the bank’s locations to the “Katrina Smith Fund.” A Facebook page, “findkatrinasmith,” has also been established.

Katrina Smith, 31, was last seen by her husband, Todd Smith, 45, at about 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22.

Detectives have determined Katrina Smith was shopping at department stores in the area of North Second Street and Illinois Route 173 in Machesney Park between 7 and 8 p.m., Monday night, Oct. 22. She then reportedly returned to her residence at 8239 Tetterhall Lane in Machesney Park, and left around 9 p.m. to run additional errands.

Katrina 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.

Katrina 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 Katrina Smith.

Katrina Smith’s cell phone was recovered in the 700 block of Ralston Thursday, Oct. 25.

Also Thursday, Oct. 25, Katrina 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 Katrina 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.

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, police obtained a search warrant and searched the Smith residence on Tetterhall Lane.

Katrina Smith worked in the Human Resources Department at Camryn Company in Belvidere, Ill. Although the Smiths’ residence is in Machesney Park, Katrina Smith had recently been staying in Roscoe, Ill. The couple has no children.

Search parties continue to look for Katrina 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.

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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