Exactly three weeks after Katrina Smith disappeared, the family learns, not only did Katrina die, but she was murdered. Now, they're speaking out, looking for answers.
"I'm upset and angry that something serious and bad happened to my sister, so is the rest of the family," says Chad Kaltved, Katrina Smith's step-brother, who spoke on behalf of the entire Smith family.
They're still trying to figure out what happened. After weeks of endless search efforts, the Ogle County Sheriff's Department discovered a body floating in the Rock River Friday. Investigators later identified it as Katrina's.
"Katrina did nothing but give care, love, and show affection to anyone that was around her," Kaltved says. "She always went out of her way to do something for others and you know, without people knowing her and that that was the type of person she was and to see that outpour, to me that's kind of like the greater power."
Chad says finding Katrina's body gives the family a sense of peace. They know what happened to her. Now, they plan to give her a proper burial. Services are Friday and Saturday at Heartland Church. While the family stays strong through their faith in God, they still want answers.
"If the person that did this to my sister is watching this, I have a plea from the family to say they come forward and own up to what you did," Kaltved says. "We're a forgiving family and some people don't know how I can stand here and say that, but if you have any information, or you feel like you need to come forward, we'd ask that that person does so."
Chad says the family is working with investigators to figure out who killed Katrina. Family members hope to set up a Katrina Smith missing person's foundation. The goal would be to help other families in missing person cases find their family members, just as the community did for Katrina.
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