Ruth L. Martin
Missing since June 2, 1976 from Lincoln, Illinois.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Martin, a real estate sales woman, was last seen on June 2, 1976 at her home in Lincoln.
Her car was found abandoned with a flat tire at the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Bloomington, IL. Police ruled out that Ruth Martin has stayed at the inn.
Russell Smrekar, a former Lincoln College student, 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, and of Michael Mansfield of Rolling Meadows, a Lincoln College student who was to testify against Smrekar in another case involving a stolen guitar and records. Both Martin and Mansfield are presumed to have been killed by Smrekar, although their bodies were never found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lincoln Police Department
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