News out of Franklin County, Indiana via Indiana State Police this week, as remains of Fairfield, Ohio's previously missing 21-year old Katelyn Markham were examined, her death now officially being ruled a homicide. Fox19 reported the skeletal remains found on April 8 were positively identified as those of bride-to-be, Katelyn Markham, who had been reported missing on August 14, 2011. After four months of waiting, Markham's remains were returned from forensic examiners that tried to determine the type and cause of her death. While no solid answers could be given, one thing was crystal clear, according to WRBI Radio 103.9. Franklin County Coroner, Wanda Lee, ruled Markham's death a homicide. This news was no surprise to Katelyn's father David Markham, and he was relieved to finally have new hope in the case, hope that her killer will be found after two long years of pain. Katelyn Markham was murdered, now the investigation continues to bring them to justice.
News of 5 foot 3 inch Markham's disappearance gained national attention, as the 130 pound, brown-haired beauty captured hearts with her stunning green eyes and electric smile. Hawaii News Now reported in April that Andy Hicks and his wife were the ones who came across Markham's remains near Cedar Grove, Indiana while scrapping. The unofficial dump site is not easily visible from the roadway, located down an embankment on the winding Big Cedar South Road more than 25 miles from Markham's Fairfield residence. While combing the roadside creek bed, they made the shocking discovery. A father himself, Hicks says it has kept him awake at night and he's not been able to shake the reality of what he happened upon. KPHO reported that Cincinnati restaurateur, Jeff Ruby, is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Katelyn Markham's homicide case. This, after Ruby awarded Hicks $5,000 for finding Markham's remains.
David Markham told 700WLW's interview with Bill Cunningham this Wednesday of his daughter's discovery that,
it's a sad day, but also a happy day too, knowing I'll finally be able to put her to rest. It's been a day I've been looking forward to and dreading at the same time. My daughter didn't just get up and walk away, and go lay down. It's sad knowing she laid in the dirt 18 months. It's painful. I thank all who've helped from the bottom of my heart, I couldn't have gotten through this without them.
Mr. Markham continued with Cunningham, saying that Katelyn was only three weeks away from getting her bachelor's degree in commercial art and graphic design. There were NO signs of foul play in her residence. Katelyn's car keys, purse (with money in it), and her vehicle were still there, along with her beloved dog, who was locked in the bedroom. Clues to her killer's identity may lie in the fact that her red cell phone was the only thing missing from the town home, according to the kypost. It's important to note that the Journal News reported Markham's red cell phone was turned off around 12:45 a.m. August 14, 2011, along with the phone's GPS tracking. Vernon Geberth, former commanding officer of the Bronx Homicide Task Force in New York, told the kypost that authorities must complete a victimology report that will analyze Markham’s known associates and the details of her life. Geberth said,
the whole purpose of doing a victimology is to find out what was going on in the victim’s life at the time of the event. Women don’t tend to leave their pocketbook, that’s highly suspicious. I would go back to her relationships.
The Dayton Daily News reminded us in April of all who've helped in the search for Katelyn, including Dave Rader, director of the Ohio division of Texas Equusearch, who conducted two searches, Ally, seven years her younger sister, assisting in one. CNN posted Nancy Grace's interview of Markham's fiance, John Carter. Carter was the last one reported having seen her alive, claiming to have taken and passed a polygraph only two days after her disappearance. However, speculation of Carter's possible involvement in Markham's murder have been rumored on Facebook pages such as "Katelyn Markham's Disappearance: Considering Everything" and "Katelyn Markham : Seeking Justice for her Murder".
Authorities continue to look for possible suspects in the case. Anyone with any information regarding her death 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. Someone knows something, even if what they 'knew' didn't make sense 'at the time', it could be "the clue" needed to SOLVE this murder!
To share memories and celebrate the life of Katelyn Markham, visit In Memory of Katelyn Markham on Facebook. They posted that a public memorial service is set for August 25 at 4 p.m. at Fairfield High School, located at 8800 Holden Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Katelyn Markham Benefit Fund can be made at any PNC Bank, to establish an art scholarship.
Katelyn's engagement ring has never been found to this day.
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