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Missing

Ruth Louise Martin










Missing Person Case September 2021



Missing Person Case September 2021



Missing Person Case September 2021


Martin, approximately 1976; Russell Smrekar, approximately 2006




Date reported missing : 06/02/1976

Missing location (approx) :
Lincoln, Illinois
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
White
Age at the time of disappearance: 51 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7 - 5'10, 155 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, brown/green eyes. Martin's blood type is A.





Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Martin was last seen at her home in Lincoln, Illinois on June 2, 1976. Her husband was the last person to see her, before he left for work between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. She was supposed to go to work at 9:00, but she never arrived and has never been heard from again. A witness saw her car driving northbound on U.S. 66 at 9:15 a.m., but its driver could not be identified.
Two days after her disappearance, her vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Bloomington, Illinois. Martin did not check into the inn, however.
Her car had a flat tire and there was a considerable amount of Type A blood, which is Martin's type, in the trunk when it was found. Authorities found Type A bloodstains and a .22 caliber bullet on the floor of her home garAge at the time of disappearance: after she disappeared. There were no indications of forced entry to the home.
Martin was scheduled to testify against Russell Smrekar, who was accused of shoplifting two steaks (worth $4) from a Kroger grocery store. He was subsequently convicted of murdering Robin and Jay Fry and was sentenced to 200 to 600 years in prison.
Jay was the store clerk who saw Smrekar try to steal the steaks and was going to testify against him at the trial. Robin was Jay's wife, and was pregnant at the time of her death.
Smrekar was also believed to be responsible for Martin's disappearance and for the disappearance of Michael Mansfield, a witness against him in an unrelated burglary case, but he was never charged in connection with their cases.
A photograph of Smrekar is posted with this case summary. In October 2011, shortly before he died in prison at the Age at the time of disappearance: of 56, he confessed to Mansfield and Martin's murders. He said he buried Martin's body under Interstate 55, which was under construction at the time, late at night on the same day of her disappearance. He was unable to give a precise location, however. Investigators announced that, in light of Smrekar's confession, they were closing Martin and Mansfield's cases.
Martin was employed as a real estate Age at the time of disappearance: nt at the time of her disappearance, and she has two children. Her husband died two years after her disappearance. Her body has never been found.


Other information and links : ncy

Lincoln Police Department
217-732-2151



September 2021 updates and sources

HOI 19
The Doe Network
The Lincoln Courier
The Daily Herald
The Peoria Journal Star
The State Journal-Register
The Decatur Herald-Review




October 12, 2004. August 5, 2017; middle name added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.












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