Karen F. McGovern

McGovern, circa 2010

  • Missing Since 09/26/2010
  • Missing From Marseilles, Illinois
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 07/15/1957 (62)
  • Age 53 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'5, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. McGovern's maiden name is Kurecki. Her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

McGovern was last seen walking away from a party in the 600 block of east Bluff Street in Marseilles, Illinois on September 26, 2010. She may have been en route to her home in the 100 block of Cash Street in Seneca, Illinois, four miles away, where she lived with her husband and daughter. She has never been heard from again. Her mother reported her missing on November 4.

McGovern's relationship with her husband was troubled. She filed for divorce four times between 1992 and 2008, and he filed once, and the couple had also filed multiple orders of protection against each other.

Her husband has multiple criminal convictions for offenses including arson, domestic battery and violating a protective order. He hasn't cooperated with the investigation into his wife's disappearance.

McGovern has dropped out of sight in the past, but she's never been gone for this long before, and she always kept in touch with her mother. There hasn't been any activity on her bank account, and her cellular phone hasn't been used since the night of her disappearance.

Authorities believe McGovern could have been the victim of a homicide. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Seneca Police Department 815-357-8726
  • Illinois State Police 815-224-1171

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 27, 2016; middle initial added.