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1423DFMI - Khristine Renee Smith

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Name: Khristine Renee Smith
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: September 28, 1994
Location Last Seen: Portage, Kalamazoo County, Michigan

Physical Description

Date of Birth: December 17, 1966
Age: 27 yrs old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 120 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Kristine Klein, Caress L. Xavier
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Hair shorter than collar length; also wore contact lenses.

Identifiers

Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Initial inquiry underway

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

On September 28, 1994, Khristine Smith disappeared. She and her husband had been married for eight years and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with their 7-year-old daughter. Smith told neighbors that his wife had run off with another man. But neighbors who knew Khris couldn't believe that she would leave behind her daughter. Two days after Khris disappeared, neighbors became suspicious when Smith backed up a boat and trailer into his garage. Smith didn't have a boat, and they wondered why Smith was being so secretive. At this point, they began to suspect foul play.

In December of 1998, Smith pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Khristine Smith. Smith said that on the morning in question, his wife put their daughter on the school bus and then returned home. Smith told police he and Khris had started arguing. She threatened to leave with their daughter, and as a result, he retrieved his gun and shot her twice in the head.

Her body has never been found, but Smith told investigators that he dumped the murder weapon and his wife's body in Maumee Bay east of Toledo, Ohio. 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. Smith was sentenced to 35 to 70 years in prison.

There is a book written about her case titled: Murder So Cold by Patricia Springer. It states that her DOB is December 17, 1966.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Portage Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Randy Dylhoff / Lieutenant Brian VanDenBrink
Agency Phone Number: 269-329-4567/ 269-329-4567
Agency E-Mail: vandenbb@portagemi.gov
Agency Case Number: 14061-94

NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: 22568

Information Source(s)

NamUs
North American Missing Persons Network

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 4/29/2017


Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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