Long awaited funeral and memorial services are set for murdered Katelyn Markham. The public is invited to attend the 4 p.m. service on Sunday, August 25 at Fairfield High School. Services will take place in the Performing Arts Center, located at 8800 Holden Blvd, as reported by Cincinnati.com, doors opening at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 'Katelyn Markham Benefit Fund' at any PNC Bank, according to 'In Memory of Katelyn Markham', to establish an art scholarship. Father, David Markham told 700WLW's Bill Cunningham that Katelyn was only three weeks away from receiving her bachelor's degree in commercial art and graphic design. Donations in Markham's name can also be made to the Ohio division of Texas Equusearch, who performed two massive searches when Katelyn Markham was missing.
Missing two years, Katelyn Markham's remains were discovered in an Indiana creek bed about 30 miles from her Fairfield residence in April 2013. While searching for scrap metal, Andy Hicks and his wife found a jawbone, they told WLWT News. Hicks said he then saw a skull inside a plastic Kroger bag, other bones were nearby. There was some hair, but it appeared the remains were almost completely decomposed.
The Journal News reported that Markham's death was ruled a homicide by Coroner Wanda Lee, after a lengthy four month forensic examination. No cause of death has been determined and the investigation continues.
Investigators are hoping someone will come forward with information to solve Markham's murder, a reward is still up for grabs, according to the Journal News. Half of the $50,000 reward being offered by Cincinnati restaurateur, Jeff Ruby. An interview of Katelyn Markham's fiance', John Carter, was posted on CNN. HLN's Nancy Grace had a few tough questions for Carter when Markham was still considered 'missing'.
Anyone with any information regarding Markham's murder is urged to call the Indiana State Police at 812-689-5000, Fairfield Police at 513-867-6094, or Crime Stoppers at 888-352-3040 or 513-352-3040. Visit WLWT News and the Journal News for timelines in the Katelyn Markham case.
The engagement ring given to Katelyn Markham by fiance' John Carter has never been found. Also worth noting is the fact that her red cell phone was the only thing missing from her residence after her disappearance. The cell phone (and GPS tracking) was turned off at 12:45 a.m. August 14, 2011.
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