Michelle Marie Hartfiel
17 Years Old

April 15, 1966 to March 14, 1984

Michelle Marie Hartfiel, of Elk River, Minnesota, was very happy-go-lucky and always had a smile on her face. Michelle was a non-violent person and wanted to be a free spirit. She was extremely bright and loved animals of all kinds.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Michelle Marie Hartfiel, of Elk River, Minnesota, was 17 years old when she fell in love with Curtis Smith of Missouri. In March of 1984, Michelle left Minnesota with Smith to find work. In a Springfield, Missouri motel, Michelle told Smith she wanted to go home and Smith shot her to death.

Smith was charged with first degree murder was allowed to plead guilty to second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 1996, Smith is up for his second parole hearing after serving 12 years.

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Michelle Hartfiel