http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=453740Police still seek answers in Karen McGovern case
04/11/2012, 9:35 am
As far as state police investigators are concerned, Karen McGovern was probably killed when she disappeared from Marseilles in 2010.
Investigators said this week they always look at missing person cases as possible homicides from the get-go, but as time has passed in the McGovern disappearance, they believe the possibility she was slain has become more probable.
Police have not let the case go. In fact, they recently obtained a DNA sample of McGovern. Police did not want to say the source of the sample, which was sent to a national DNA database for missing people.
McGovern, who would be 54, was reportedly last seen late Sept. 26 or early Sept. 27, 2010, walking from a house in Marseilles, where she attended a party. McGovern lived with her husband and daughter at 111 S. Cash St., Seneca.
McGovern's mother, who lives in Morris, reported her missing Nov. 5, 2010, after not hearing from her for an unusual length of time.Police said McGovern's cell phone was last used the night of her disappearance in the Marseilles area. Her family has not reported any contact from her and McGovern's credit card and bank accounts have not seen activity.
Billboards along Interstates 55 and 80 in the Joliet area — where McGovern was known to spend time — carried her image and information about her disappearance for a few months beginning last fall. Police said the billboards generated several leads. Police have also distributed fliers about McGovern in the Seneca area several times, most recently last week.
Police said McGovern's husband, Michael J. McGovern, has not cooperated with the investigation. Since last fall,The Times had been unable to reach Michael, 58, either by phone or by visits to his house. That changed Monday, when Michael confronted a reporter approaching in his driveway and complained about the reporter's prior efforts to contact him. Michael refused to talk about Karen's disappearance.
Between 1992 and 2008 in La Salle County, Karen filed for divorce against Michael four times and Michael filed once against Karen in 2005. Their relationship has also seen the filing of several orders of protection.
Michael has worked as a truck driver. In November, he was charged in Kendall County with driving and crashing his semi-trailer rig while under the influence of alcohol. The charge remains pending in court, with Michael free on bond. As a result of the charge, Michael's driver's license was suspended. However, on Friday, Seneca police arrested Michael, saying they found him driving. He was released on bond, but his van was impounded and could be forfeited to police.
Michael has several convictions in La Salle County for violation of an order of protection and domestic battery. In Cook County, where Michael is originally from, he was sentenced in 2008 to 24 months of probation for arson. In that case, he set fire to his car in Chicago for insurance money. Michael also has been arrested in Cook County regarding possession of a controlled substance.
At the time of her disappearance Karen stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She has been known to go by the name Karen Kurecki, her maiden name.Anyone with information should call Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan at 815-357-8726 or State Police Special Agent Chris Novotney at 815-224-1171, Ext. 139.