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2 years later: Clues sought in missing woman's case


After two years, the question still stands: What happened to Karen McGovern? Police suspect it was bad.

McGovern reportedly was last seen the night of Sept. 26-27, 2010, walking from a house in Marseilles where she had 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.

Seneca and state police are investigating, with police believing Karen was killed. Hercellphone was last used in the Marseilles area the night of her disappearance. Karen's family has not reported any contact from her, and her credit card and bank accounts have not seen activity. Authorities searched for Karen in La Salle County and surrounding areas. Information about her also was posted on billboards along Interstates 80 and 55 near Joliet, where Karen was known to spend her time.

Karen's husband, Michael J. McGovern, has not cooperated with the investigation. He also has refused to talk to The Times. Michael, 59, recently completed a stint in the Kendall County Jail for driving and crashing a semitrailer while intoxicated last year.

While Michael was free on bond in the Kendall County case, he was caught driving his van in Seneca with a suspended license. Police then seized the van but would not say what they planned to do with it.

That van was the same van Karen drove to the Marseilles party. During the party, Karen discovered the van had been taken.

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. She was 53 when she vanished.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.

Novotney said the McGovern case remains a top priority with him and the other investigators in his office, as well as with Seneca police. Investigators are interested in any information, regardless of how insignificant the information may be. A reward will be available for any information that leads to Karen's discovery and/or to anyone responsible for her disappearance.

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