Police Search Missing Woman's Home

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's been more than a week and today the search continues for missing Machesney Park woman Katrina Smith. Police spent the day searching her home.

Police say they obtained a warrant to search Katrina and Todd smith's home in Machesney Park. That search started this morning as police loaded items into vans and took pictures of the property.

There are differing reports on whether Katrina lived at the home with her husband, but public records show they had the same address. It's unclear what police are looking for. They will not confirm whether Katrina's husband is a suspect. Today's search party combed through sections of Rock Cut State Park looking for more clues, as a police helicopter flew over the Rock River. Her family says after 8 days they are focused on finding her, not pointing fingers.

“At first we were really thinking of her rescue, but right now we're really trying to find the body. It's hard, you know right now I think everybody's thinking a little bit more dark you know, something must have happened to her,” said one relative, Laura Linley.

"What it comes down to is if you know someone and that someone is important to you, you don't want to give up. You don't want to give up hope," said Creig Day, a friend of the family.

You may remember police have recovered her car, purse, cell phone and wallet already in different parts of Machesney Park and Rockford. Police say they probably won't search the Rock River until more evidence is found.

Legally, the police needed to get permission from the homeowner in order to be able to search the home. if they don't get permission ..they have to keep looking for evidence until they can get a warrant. It’s important to remember that it's not clear that they're even looking at the husband, they might be looking for clues in her belongings.


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