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Balloon release to remember Katrina Smith on her birthday

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Volunteers sign in to search for Katrina Smith in Fall 2012. Volunteers sign in to search for Katrina Smith in Fall 2012.
MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) -

A woman hundreds in the Rockford-area community searched for, for weeks is remembered. Katrina Smith was found dead in November but today would have been her 31st birthday. A balloon release will be held in her honor at Schoonmaker Park in Machesney Park. This is the park where teams of volunteers met day after day for nearly three weeks to search for Katrina Smith. Tonight it will be filled again but this time people are coming out to remember her.

 

Katrina Smith's body was pulled from the Rock River in Ogle County late last year. But before that she was a missing woman. Katrina was last seen October 22, 2012. Her husband told police she had left her home to run errands. Her car was found just a block from Schoonmaker Park. Hundreds of volunteers combed the area around it looking for clues as to where Katrina could be. After her body was found, her husband, Todd Smith was arrested and charged with her murder.  Tonight her sister Miranda plans to announce a new foundation in Katrina's name.

 

In the meantime friends, volunteers and anyone who wants to come is invited here to Schoonmaker Park, just off Ralston Road and Ventura Boulevard in Machesney Park. The memorial balloon release will be at 6 p.m. 13 News' Rebecca Klopf will be live out there at 5 and 6.

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