Michael D. Mansfield
North American Missing Persons Network
Michael D. Mansfield

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 31, 1975 from Rolling Meadows, Cook County, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 19
  • Height: 70"
  • Weight: 135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown, long
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Mustache. Scar on nose.
  • Clothing: Tan buckskin coat with a fleece collar, brown
    print shirt, and blue jeans or light brown pants. White tennis shoes.
  • Case Number: 76-0013L

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Rolling Meadows Police Department
    (847) 255-2416

    Source Information
    The Sun Times