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Year later, Ohio woman's homicide still a mystery

DAN SEWELLAssociated Press Published: April 10, 2014 8:26 AM
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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Twenty months and 25 miles from home, Katelyn Markham's body was found near an Indiana creek.

A year after the discovery of her remains, the 21-year-old Ohio woman's death remains as mysterious as her disappearance.

Authorities in Markham's hometown of Fairfield and Indiana State Police continue to check into tips and other information in what has been deemed a homicide investigation.

"Investigators have been following up on any and all information they have received through the entire investigation," Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said Wednesday. "But so far, I haven't been made aware of any information that has led to any breakthroughs or major developments."

Fairfield police spokesman Doug Day said authorities in the northern Cincinnati suburb are in communication with Indiana police but preferred to let them make any public comments on the case. The case stunned a mostly tranquil community that had only one homicide reported last year.

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Markham disappeared in August 2011, triggering massive searches by police, outside search teams and volunteers. Posters and billboards with her photo went up around the area where she lived, while Facebook and other online efforts sought information about her disappearance.

People looking for scrap metal spotted human remains April 7, 2013, in a southeast Indiana creek area near Cedar Grove. They were identified as Markham's on April 10, and after forensic examinations, the Franklin County coroner concluded four months later that her death was a homicide. But how, when and even where it occurred is unknown. Police say the length of time she was missing and sparse physical evidence make the investigation difficult.

Houze said another jurisdiction would take the lead if it were determined that the homicide took place outside Indiana.

Markham was just weeks away from earning an art college degree and was engaged to a Fairfield man she had known for years. The only item missing from her home was her cellphone, which apparently was turned off. Her dog was locked in a bedroom, and her car and purse where left inside her town house just off a busy street.

"Yes, it is very frustrating, absolutely," her father, David Markham, recently told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News. "I have heard them say it is not cold, but the impression I get is they are waiting for something to come to them, instead of looking."


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