Katrina Smith’s Death Ruled a Homicide

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There are new details in the case of a Machesney Park woman who was missing for nearly three weeks and whose body was found in the Rock River on Friday.

The autopsy showed that Katrina Smith died from blunt force trauma and police say that means Katrina was murdered. Today her family says they're willing to forgive whomever is responsible, but they're not giving up on justice.

Police aren't releasing any other details like where she was hurt or what might have been used at the murder weapon and they still won't say whether there are any suspects.
Today her brother Chad said even though the family saw it coming, they are relieved police are making progress but they're angry something so terrible happened to his sister.

“I can tell you right now that if you feel like you need to come forward we'd ask that that person does so,” said Chad Kalteved

At the benefit for Katrina last week the family raised $5,500. That money will be used to help start the Katrina Smith Missing Persons foundation, but they aren't going to figure out details until after her funeral this weekend.

The family has not said whether they have a suspect in mind. Before she was found they were really just focused on finding her and even now that they know it was murder, they are leaving the investigation to police and not pointing fingers.


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