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Case File 1777DMIL


Michael D. Mansfield
Missing since December 31, 1975 from Lincoln, Cook Co, Illinois.
Classification: Involuntary

Vital Statistics

  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 and 135lbs
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown, shoulder length hair, he had a mustache extending to the ends of his mouth; Blue eyes Scar on the bridge of his nose
  • Clothing: A tan buckskin coat with fleece collor and a brown print shirt, light brown pants or blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available

    • Circumstances of Disappearance
      Michael Mansfield, a Lincoln College student, was last seen on December 31, 1975. Around 14.00 on New Year's Eve 1975, he received a phone call, put on his coat and walked out the door, telling his parents he was visiting a friend in nearby Arlington Heights.
      This was six days before he was to testify against Russell Smrekar, a former Lincoln College student, who was convicted of murdering Robin and Jay Fry and is serving 200 to 600 years at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. Jay Fry was a clerk who saw Smrekar steal two steaks from a local grocery store, and he was prepared to testify at Smrekar’s shoplifting trial. Smrekar is also believed to be responsible for the disappearance of Ruth Martin who was to be a minor witness in the trial. Both Martin and Mansfield are presumed to have been killed by Smrekar, although their bodies were never found.
      In 2004, a book titled "Process Of Elimination: A Midwestern Murder Mystery" was released by author Bonnie J. Thompson. In it, she writes about the unsolved disappearances of Mansfield and Martin.

      Russell Smrekar died on October 26, 2011 of cancer at the at Menard Correctional Center. He gave a deathbed confession to murdering Michael Mansfield to police. Michael's body has not been recovered Peoria Journal Star.

      If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

      Rolling Meadows Police Department
      Detective Phil Barrile
      (847) 255-2416

      Agency Case Number: 76-0013L

      Source Information:
      Process of Elimination
      Daily Herald
      NamUs MP #12723

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