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Money raised for continued Katrina Smith search efforts

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Investigators aren't releasing any new information to us about Katrina Smith's disappearance. No one's seen her for more than two weeks. While we don't know where she is, one thing's for sure, her supporters are there to help in different ways.

Whether its searching, praying, or donating; family, friends and strangers come together for Katrina. Thursday night, a huge turnout meant some financial help for the search effort.

"I don't want to say the word victory, maybe a step in the right direction." -says Katrina's cousin Jason Groth, who organized the benefit.

Supporters packed into Casey's Pub for Katrina Smith's benefit. Her family member Melinda Brazier is amazed to see all of the people there.

She says, "It really shows a sense of community."

Brazier thinks $10 a person to eat dinner is money well spent for the cause.

"You can always do more if you have more, and just the fact that we're starting to get her on billboards and get her out in other surrounding areas, everything is going to help."

From rewards if she's found, to funeral services if things turn for the worst, Groth says there's plenty of areas where donations can be used.

"Information, hiring people to help us, it can be anything."

He wants to assure everyone giving that their contributions are safe in the Katrina Smith Fund.

"We have a lot of people monitoring this money, not just myself, we have the bank managers monitoring it, the church organizations monitoring it, we have copies of everything." -Groth adds.

Before the benefit, a volunteer search took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Smith's step-brother Chad Kaltved says they were checking out the area near the condo where she was staying, up by IL-251 and East Rockton Road. Kaltved only had a few searchers with him, no leads or clues were found.

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