Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Khristine reportly got into an argument with her husband, Russ, on the morning she went missing. Smith told neighbors that his wife had run off with another man. He showed them a handwritten note of explanation, which he said she had written
She was reported missing when the neighbors thought it was strange that she had left behind her 7-year-old daughter. She also left behind her car, her rings, cash, a check from work and credit cards.
Her husband confessed to her murder and was sentenced to 35-70 years in prison. He shot Khristine after she threatened to leave with their daughter. Then Smith put his wife in a storage barrel, which he threw into Lake Erie from a boat. To avoid a trial, Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. As part of his plea bargain, Smith agreed to help detectives find her body. But during a day of searching on Lake Erie, they found nothing.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Portage Police Department