Only on 23 News: Family of Katrina Smith Speaks Out

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The family of a missing Machesney Park woman speaks out for the first time since the victim's body was found in the Rock River nearly three weeks since she went missing.

“My biggest fear was never finding her, so it gave me a little relief here,” says Katrina Smith’s mother Vicki Nalevac.

Family members say they are devastated by the news. Katrina’s loved ones and complete strangers have been searching the Stateline since she went missing. Winnebago County detectives are not releasing Katrina’s cause of death. They think it could hurt the investigation. An off duty fire fighter spotted Katrina in the water just south of Byron on Friday. The case has spanned multiple cities; police say Katrina’s car was found in Machesney Park while her wallet was found in Rockford. Family members say they want answers.

“We are overwhelmed by the support that has been shown to the family,” says Katrina’s brother Chad Kaltved. “From, friends and community members, anyone who has helped out, words can't express how that is uplifted us."

The entire family sat down with 23 News on Sunday, including Katrina’s parents, husband and sister. We're hoping to learn new details on the investigation sometime this week. No one is in custody.

The public is invited to honor Katrina. Her funeral will be held at 11 am Saturday, November 17th, at Heartland Church. There will be a visitation the night before from five to nine. Her family says the community is welcome to attend.

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