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Katrina Smith: Missing from Illinois Found

UPDATE:  11/10/12 -The body of Katrina Smith has been found in the Rock River.  It was determined the body had been in the river for a while.  Shortly after noon Friday an off duty Byron fire fighter was fishing in the water just south of the city of Byron, when “he believed that he located a body on the Rock River,” said Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn.

Harn says his department along with the Byron Fire Department responded to a stretch of the Rock River near Route 2 and Townline Road, and pulled a body out of the water that had be caught on this log.

“It appears it’s been in the water for a period of time, to what extent I can’t tell you,” said Harn.

 UPDATE:  10/26/12 – Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police today revealed that the woman’s purse, cell phone and a bloody towel were found in the same area as her abandoned new car. Her cell phone was recovered in the 700 block of Ralston Road on Thursday.

Katrina A. Smith, 30, from Machesney Park, Ill. was reported missing by her husband on Tuesday, October 23. Her car was located later that evening, unoccupied, at the intersection of Obispo and Ventura in Machesney Park.

Smith, who worked in the human resources department at Camryn Company in Belvidere, went shopping Monday night, and then was reportedly last seen that night by her husband when she left their home to run an additional errand around 9 p.m.

Her blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze four-door was seen by neighbors during the day, and then was located later that evening, unoccupied, at the intersection of Obispo and Ventura in Machesney Park. .

The sheriff’s department says Smith was reportedly last seen by her husband late Monday night when she left to run an errand. It is currently unknown whether Smith left on her own or is the victim of foul play.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at 815-319-6400 or CrimeStoppers at 815-963-7867.



Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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