Remains along Indiana creek ID'd as Ohio woman's
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:29

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death for a young southwest Ohio woman whose skeletal remains have been found in Indiana more than 1½ years after she went missing.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said police in the two states want to hear from anyone who has information about 21-year-old Katelyn Markham.

Indiana police said late Wednesday that remains found April 7 along a creek are those of Markham, reported missing to Fairfield, Ohio, police on Aug. 14, 2011.

The northern Cincinnati suburb where she lived is some 25 miles east of where the remains were found along Big Cedar Creek near Cedar Grove in southern Franklin County.

Houze said people looking for scrap metal near a creek found the remains and called police.

The Hamilton County coroner's office in Cincinnati made the identification, but a spokesman Thursday referred questions to Indiana authorities.

The case had brought out hundreds of volunteers to help police and professional search teams scour nearby woods, waterways and rural areas, and was featured on national television shows. The only item gone with her was her cellphone, which apparently was turned off shortly after she went missing. Her dog was locked in a bedroom, and her car and purse were left behind in her town house just off a busy street in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield.

The case had stunned a community of 43,000 residents where violent crime is rare. There were vigils, fundraising events for search costs and Facebook pages devoted to her.

She was last seen late Saturday, Aug. 13, by her fiance, who said she then sent him a text message not long after he left her home. The fiance, John Carter, called police that Sunday evening. He said that she hadn't responded to text messages, and that he became alarmed when he went to her home to find her car and nearly all her belongings still there.

She was only weeks away from earning her bachelor's degree from an art college. She and Carter had known each other for years and had said they planned to move to Colorado and get married later.

Carter took part in the early searches and was interviewed on Nancy Grace's show on HLN. Police questioned him among "persons of interest." Carter consistently denied knowing what had happened to her and said he just wanted her back home.

Carter and her father, John Markham, said repeatedly that that it would be out of character for her to leave town without contacting anyone. She worked two jobs besides doing art work, and police concluded that she was a hard-working, wholesome young woman who appeared to have been a victim of foul play. However, they said in November they had not found any evidence to prove that a crime had been committed.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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