UPDATE: Search Continues for Katrina Smith

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UPDATE: During the search conducted by family and friends on October 26, papers towels were recovered with a substance believed to be blood on them. These items were recovered in a field between Obispo and Ralston Rd.

UPDATE: A purse belonging to the Machesney Park woman who vanished earlier this week, was found near her abandoned car. A search party is now looking for more clues at a Schoonmaker Park.

Miraynda Castro is helping lead a search party, filled with faces she's never seen. Dozens of people have come to Schoonmaker Park to help find her sister whose been missing for four days.

“If you have a sister, you have this bond that you can't explain and I guess I just really miss her and I can't accept she's not here, I just want her back,” said Castro.

More than two dozen people are searching the area off Ralston Road, where 30 year-old Katrina Smith's car was found abandoned Tuesday night. Her purse and cell-phone were located days later in a wooded area nearby. Detectives say she was last seen leaving her husband's home, after shopping on 173 at about 9 p.m. Monday.

"Every time a detective calls or we hear something we hold our breath,” said Katrina’s sister.

Search crews found a pair of sun glasses in the woods, although the family doesn't know if the item and others belong to Smith. Police taped off nearly every area where something was found by volunteers.

"You want to find something to help find her."

Crews are spreading out and walking in lines to make sure they don't miss anything. Detectives say every piece of evidence could help find Katrina Smith.

Detectives say Smith and her husband don't live together. He's in Machesney park and she had been living at a home in Roscoe. She works in human resources at Camryn Company in Belvidere. The family knew something was wrong when she didn't show up to work.

Anyone with information on Smith's disappearance is asked to call the Winnebago County Sheriff's police Detective Bureau (815-319-6400) or CrimeStoppers (815-963-7867.

MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- It's been three days since anyone has seen Katrina Smith. And Thursday night friends, family, and even strangers braved the elements to look for her.

About a dozen people gathered just before sunset to hand out flyers in the strip mall where Katrina Smith went shopping Monday night before she vanished.Then they set off to search nearby woods. They are trying to plan a more formal search party for Friday.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Local law enforcement is still looking for anyone who might have information on a missing Machesney Park woman.

30-year-old Katrina Smith hasn't been seen since late Monday night. Her husband reported her missing on Tuesday, the same night her car was found abandoned in Machesney Park.

Deputies are looking into whether Katrina may have left on her own or if someone hurt her. Her picture is on our Facebook page if you'd like to share it.

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