Sunday, August 25, 2013 marked a public memorial service for murdered, Katelyn Markham, the 21-year old that went missing from Fairfield, Ohio a few weeks shy of her birthday. Searches were made after her disappearance, including two by the Ohio Chapter of Texas Equusearch. Her whereabouts a mystery until skeletal remains found on April 8, 2013 were confirmed to be the missing girl. Found in a Franklin County, Indiana creek bed were bones found to belong to Katelyn Markham, after four months of forensic examination. Fox19 reports hundreds attended her memorial, being asked to wear vibrant colors, to honor her "bright spirit".
With no official suspect in her murder, Dave Rader, of the Ohio Chapter of Texas Equusearch, attended Markham's service and told WCPO9, "We're 2/3 the way there. All we need to do now is find the person who did this to her to find the closure the family needs". Earlier this month, WCPO9 interviewed Katelyn's father, Dave Markham, who said,
I still think there's some other people that need to be talked to, whether suspect or witness. I still think there's people out there that have been overlooked.
Markham's fiance', John Carter, spoke yesterday according to Fox19, saying, "We would've had our marriage, we would've had our honeymoon, we would've had our kid and we would've had our life." Hamilton, Ohio's Debbie Estes, who's son William DiSilvestro has been missing since February 2011, attended as well. She told Fox19,
Katelyn's my angel. She brought me help, my son was missing before she was. I came to learn about searching and to help find Katelyn and help her father. Hoped to get help for my own self, and I sure did.
The search continues for the murderer that took Katelyn Markham from her family, friends, and community. Diane Smith, who helped with Markham's search, told Fox19 that she was "one of us". She continued, saying "going through all her pictures, her writing, and her art, you just felt like you knew her". The Journal News reported 20 pieces of Markham’s artwork were on display and young girls passed out purple and yellow flowers made from paper during the memorial. Bonnie Byrne, Dean of Student Affairs at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, told the Journal News,
It’s truly beautiful to witness how many people her spirit has brought together. It was hard not to smile or laugh in her presence.
Byrne met Markham through her studies at the art institute. She described her as having an “undeniable grin", and said she knew everyone at the school through working at the bookstore. Katelyn Markham was only three weeks away from getting her bachelor's degree in commercial art and graphic design, as her father Dave told Bill Cunningham in an earlier interview. To share memories, artwork, or to celebrate her precious life, visit In Memory of Katelyn Markham on Facebook.
Katelyn Markham's killer is still out there. Someone knows something that could help put them behind bars and they need to come forward. If you want to get involved, please visit Katelyn Markham's Disappearance: Considering Everything, or Katelyn Markham : Seeking Justice for her Murder, both on Facebook. Investigation into the murder of Katelyn Markham is ongoing. NO tip is too small, that could help bring closure for her family and friends. Speculations in possible scenario's continue.
If you have information, please contact 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. There is a $50,000 reward in any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this mysterious case.
A private memorial is scheduled for later today.
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