Katrina Smith’s husband charged with her murder
Katrina A. Smith’s husband, Todd C. Smith, 45, was charged with her murder almost one month to the day after she was reported missing.
Todd Smith faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicide, punishable by 20 to 100 years in prison. He was arrested at around 2:45 p.m., Nov. 21, and is being held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $4 million bond.
Katrina Smith’s body was found around 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in the Rock River near the intersection of Route 2 and Townline Road, south of Byron, Ill. The Ogle County Coroner’s Office identified the body as Katrina Smith’s via dental records Nov. 10. Results of an autopsy showed Katrina Smith suffered blunt force trauma.
Memorial services were Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17.
According to reports, Katrina Smith, 30, was last seen by her husband at about 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at their Machesney Park residence at 8239 Tetterhall Lane.
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. Her 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, police obtained a search warrant and searched the Smith residence on Tetterhall Lane.
According to court documents, Todd Smith, who used to go by Todd Raprager, was convicted of arson in 1985 at the age of 17 after attempting to set his family’s home on fire with his parents and brother inside. The home was destroyed, but no one was hurt in the incident. Smith served 30 months of probation and was required to get a drug evaluation.
Also, according to a State of Illinois Secretary of State Securities Department file, Smith was accused in October 2011 of allegedly bilking elderly people out of millions of dollars.
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 had no children.
From the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012, issue
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