Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Michael Mansfield, a 19-year-old college student from Rolling Meadows, was home on break on Dec. 31, 1975, when he left his home and was never seen again. The disappearance came six days before he was scheduled to testify against Russell Smrekar, his Lincoln College roommate, who was accused of stealing a guitar and some records from a dorm room. The next year, Smrekar was accused of stealing two steaks from a grocery store, and a witness in that case — Ruth Martin — also disappeared. Two other witnesses to the latter crime, Jay and Robin Fry, were killed. Smrekar was convicted of their murders and sentenced to 200 to 600 years. He confessed to the murders of Mansfield and Martin in 2011. No information was provided about the location of Mansfield’s body.
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Rolling Meadows Police Department
The Sun Times