The Disappearance Of

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Saturday: Markham is last seen around 11:30 p.m. by fiance John Carter

Sunday {**August 14}: Very early Sunday morning, Markham’s cellphone is turned off; Missing person report filed by family

Monday: Search efforts begin

Tuesday{August 16}: Markham turns 22; Search efforts continue

Wednesday: Police secure the 5214 Dorshire Drive home

Thursday: Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation remove items from the home

FAIRFIELD, Ohio / {Butler County}-- Officials with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation have removed items from the home of Katelyn Markham, now missing for six days, according to our partners at the Fairfield Echo.

Her car, keys and purse were all left behind. The only things missing are Markham and her cellphone, which was shut off around 12:45 a.m. Sunday

She was set to graduate with her bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Cincinnati in mid-September and was planning to move to Colorado with Carter on Nov. 28. They were planning to marry in two years.

Markham was a member of the Fairfield High School class of 2008. On her personal website she talks about her work as a graphic designer.

At 12:52 a.m. Sunday, Carter received a picture of Markham on his cellphone, sent via text message from her phone. That was the last anyone has heard from her.

The next morning, Carter said he sent his fiancee a “good morning” text message. When she didn’t respond, he assumed she was running late for her shift at David’s Bridal in the Tri-County Mall. She never reported to work.

They want to find out if there's anyone who might have wanted to harm her. Police say maybe there's someone out there who wanted to have a relationship with her but she rejected them.

Police changed the locks on Markham 's townhouse Wednesday to secure the home. They say searches of Markham 's home, her fiance's home and the area have turned up no evidence that indicates a crime or her taking off on her own.

Carter says when he left her Saturday night, everything was fine.

Detectives call this case unique because of "the fact that someone has literally just vanished without any indication as to where they would go or why they would go there or who would be involved in their disappearance," said Lt. Kevin Haddix.

Haddix says 'they' currently have no people of interest.

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Map/5214 5214 Dorshire

Detectives call this case unique because of "the fact that someone has literally just vanished without any indication as to where they would go or why they would go there or who would be involved in their disappearance," // SOMEONE might want to remember Laney Gwinner and more recently Lauren Giddings, Holly Bobo, and Lauren Spierer, among at least a dozen others, including Kimberly Jones!

'they' currently have no people of interest. // Really? Even BCI&I has no one that comes to any of their minds? Huh, that's strange. In case you've lost my number, it's 740-989-2283. Wake up OHIO.

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(Theme): Birthday // Rita L., my cousin, 8-16 // Joshua Wayne Thrasher, my grandson, 8-17:

(Common Denominators): The number *14 / The date of August 14 / The name Butler {Laney Gwinner [Butler County] / Teresa Butler / Bo Butler} / The name *Caitlin/Katelyn / Date & Name - Martin {Nov. 28} / Missing person with cell phone / missing from home, no sign of struggle / college girl / 22 /


Remains found in Indiana identified as belonging to Katelyn Markham

April 10, 2013

After a year and a half of wondering what happened to a missing Ohio woman, the authorities have found the answer. The Fairfield Police Department announced that they have identified the remains found in Indiana as belonging to Katelyn Markham.

Katelyn Markham was 22-years-old when she went missing from her home on Dorshire Drive in Fairfield, Ohio on Aug. 14, 2011.

Katelyn worked at David's Bridal at the Tri-County Mall and at a book store and was scheduled to graduate from the Art Institute of Cincinnati in September. She had made plans to marry her fiance, John Carter in the future.

It was Carter that first realized that Katelyn was missing when she didn't respond to his text messages. On the Nancy Grace show, Carter said that he last saw Katelyn between 11:00 and 11:39 p.m. on August 13 when he left her condo. Later he received a text message from her phone which was a photo of Katelyn sent by Katelyn, at 12:52 a.m., something, he says she liked to do. The police said the phone was turned off at 12:45 a.m.

As the weeks progressed after Katelyn's disappearance social media rumors surfaced about Carter not being truthful about whether he took a lie detector test or not, and the times he last saw Katelyn, among other things.

Carter has never been named a person of interest in Katelyn's disappearance by the police.

Then in June 2012, the Fairfield Police Department announced they were investigating if there was a link between Katelyn's disappearance and an attack of a Miami University student in April 2011 by Gurprett Sigh Kang of Hamilton, reported the Cincinnati news. Police stated that Kang worked at a convenience store and lived near Katelyn's home, but by July the Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said Kang was not a suspect in the Markham case, reports the Journal News.

The skeleton that was found on Sunday was found near a creek in Cedar Grove, Ind. which is about 40 miles from where Katelyn lived. There has been no speculation from authorities on why Katelyn's remains were found there, as well as whether Katelyn perished by accident or foul play.

"I'm doing as well as can be and I appreciate the love and support. I just need time right now with my other daughter Ally," Katelyn's father Dave Markham told WLWT news.

Remains may not explain death

Scattered bones might provide no clues to death

The bones were scattered around a tree about 30 yards from the west bank of Big Cedar Creek. A skull wrapped in clumps of a woman’s brown hair was concealed in a black plastic sack, the kind you find at the local grocery store.

That was the gruesome discovery Andy Hicks and his wife Natalie of Brookville made early Sunday in Cedar Grove, Ind., as they scoured for scrap metal to help pay their bills.

“After we found the jawbone we called the cops,” Andy Hicks, 35, said Thursday as he stood near the creek in the rain.

“I am just glad that she was found and the family can get some closure. It’s not full closure because they don’t know exactly what happened to her. But at least they know where their little girl is at.”

That “little girl” turned out to be Katelyn Markham, a 21-year-old art student from Fairfield who vanished from her Dorshire Drive home without a trace on Aug. 14, 2011, days before her 22nd birthday.

A day after Markham’s body was identified through dental records at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, Markham’s family and fiance were grief-stricken, while coroners in two states aren’t sure what her skeletal remains will tell them.

How did she die?

An autopsy is out of the question because the remains consist mainly of bone, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Kode Sammarco said. A forensic anthropologist will have to examine the bones to see if they show any evidence of trauma.

Maybe the bones will tell a story about Markham’s death. Maybe they won’t.

Shock and disappointment

Within minutes of the announcement late Wednesday that Markham had been found, a Facebook page set up to discuss tips about her disappearance lit up with comments.

• Cindy Studt: “I live in Franklin County and had such a strong pull to go and join the search team, the August she went missing; little did I know I was driving right past her on my way to the search.’’

• Leia May Smith: “I sit here with my throat swelling, trying to hold back the tears due to my own daughters’ lively attitudes getting ready for school.’’

• Holly Way Urton: “I am in shock. I attended the Art Institute of Ohio with Katelyn back in 2009. I remember talking to her almost every day in the bookstore where she worked. She was always full of joy and laughter and always brightened my day.’’

• Sheila Kirby: “I was thinking about her all night. It’s so sad but I’m going to celebrate her life today and remember the Beautiful Angel she truly was and forever will be.”

Her family grieves

Markham’s father, Dave, sat at home surrounded by friends from a search group who had helped look for Katelyn as he tried to comfort his teenage daughter over the loss of her big sister.

A spokesman for Markham’s family said Dave Markham is an “emotional wreck” over the discovery of his missing daughter’s body in Indiana.

“He needs to digest all of this. He has a younger daughter he has to think about, too,” said Dave Rader, a local member of the Texas Equusearch, which conducted several searches for Markham since she disappeared 20 months ago.

“It’s bittersweet. You always sit there and you think the kid’s just walked away and she needed to clear her head. You just keep having that hope that she would walk back through the door. And now, reality.”

Markham’s fiance, John Carter of Fairfield, told The Enquirer on Thursday that he felt “like I’m ripped in half.”

Carter said he did not want to talk to reporters anymore because he no longer had a reason to do so.

“She is found,” he said.

Randy Oppenheimer, who lives in Butler County, helped search for Markham following her disappearance. He knows Carter’s mother.

“It’s got to help her family just to finally know, and maybe it well help police find out what happened now that there’s a body and hopefully evidence,” Oppenheimer said.

Case made national news

As the crow flies, Markham’s remains were found about 25 miles west of her Fairfield home, where Carter said he left her about 11:30 or midnight nearly 20 months ago.

Carter called 911 at 8 p.m. the next day, Aug. 14, saying he had not been able to reach Markham throughout the day. He told Fairfield police that he let himself into the townhouse Markham shared with her father and found no signs of her.

Her purse and keys were inside the apartment, but her cellphone was missing. Her car was parked outside the townhouse and her dog was locked in a bedroom, Carter said.

Friends said it was unlike Markham to leave without telling anyone.

The case made national news while both friends and strangers held vigils, posted fliers and raised money for Equusearch’s costs. Local restaurateur Jeff Ruby chipped in $25,000, pushing a reward to $50,000.

Markham was a month away from finishing her graphic arts degree from the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati and two days from her first anniversary of being engaged.

Carter said he and Markham were planning to move to Colorado that November.

All kinds of junk in the area

Indiana State Police in Versailles is in charge of releasing all information in the case. They won’t talk about any evidence collected at the dump site or whether Markham’s missing cellphone was there.

“They’ve collected a lot of stuff from the area, but a lot of it may not pertain to this case because it was kind of like a dumping site. There was all kinds of junk in the area – cans and junk, litter,” said state police spokesman Sgt. Noel Houze.

He said he thinks whoever placed Markham there knew the area. Detectives are still trying to figure out where Markham died. Was it there by the creek? Or was Markham dumped there after she died somewhere else?

The place of death will determine whether Indiana or Ohio prosecutors get the case if it is determined that Markham’s death was a homicide, Houze said.

Police quiet about suspects

Fairfield police have repeatedly refused to say whether anyone was suspected in Markham’s disappearance.

Carter said he had been interviewed by police several times. He appeared on the “Nancy Grace” cable TV show to talk about the case twice, saying at first he had taken a polygraph and passed. He later backed off that statement and said he did not participate in the test. Fairfield police would never confirm whether they administered any tests to Carter.

Coroners not talking

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office in Indiana has a contract with Hamilton County to do its autopsies. But Sammarco said it’s unclear which agency will evaluate the bones for clues.

“Where we go from here and what we do with this is also their call,” Sammarco said.

Neither coroner’s office wanted to talk about the case.

Local forensic anthropologist Beth Murray, who isn’t involved in the case, said anthropologists would look for marks on the bones, such as sharp wounds from a knife, blunt trauma or a gun shot.

But bones don’t always provide useful information, Murray said, because fatal injuries to soft tissue, such as strangulation, poisoning or a stabbing don’t always show up in bones.

“There are plenty of ways that a person could die that leave absolutely no trace in bone,” Murray said.

Enquirer reporter Rachel Richardson contributed.

Cops Seek Killer After Remains Of Missing Katelyn Markham Found Near Creek In Cedar Grove Indiana, Katelyn Last Seen In Fairfield Ohio.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 / CINCINNATI : Authorities turned their focus Thursday to determining how a 21-year-old southwest Ohio woman died, following discovery of her skeletal remains in Indiana 20 months after she went missing. “It’s basically like a brand new investigation,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze. Indiana police investigators took “numerous items” from the site where Katelyn Markham’s remains were found for study and possible testing, Houze said. He said the creek area where the remains were found is used by some as a dumping ground, so it’s too soon to say whether any of the items are significant to the investigation.

Indiana police and Fairfield, Ohio, police have a joint investigation in the case and suspect foul play. Markham was reported missing Aug. 14, 2011, from her home in suburban Cincinnati just days before her 22nd birthday. Her remains were found Sunday, some 32 miles west of her Fairfield home, and identified Wednesday with the aid of dental records. A Brookville, Ind., man told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he and his wife found the remains early Sunday while looking for scrap metal along the Big Cedar Creek near Cedar Grove. Andy Hicks, 35, said he and wife Natalie found a jawbone near a tree, then a skull in a brown grocery bag, and other remains some 30 yards from the water.

Six Petite Look-Alike Females, Crystal Hall, Paige Johnson, Holly Bobo, Lauren Spierer, Katelyn Markham and Karen Swift Vanished Without A Trace Just Like in the 70's. Karen Swift and Katelyn Markham have been murdered. On Tuesday November 22nd 2011 I, private detective Bill Warner, was on CNN Headline News “ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell” out of New York City at 7:00 pm discussing missing, petite, blonde haired women, Karen Swift, Holly Bobo, Lauren Spierer, Paige Johnson and Katelyn Markham who had vanished without a trace, at that time I spoke of the possibility of a serial killer targeting young blonde haired females.

Do not let the distance between the kidnappings and possible murder of 6 Blonde Haired Women Abducted From 400 Mile Radius in Southern Midwest throw you off, Ted Bundy traveled at least 6 states and thousands of miles.

Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 - January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women during the 1970s, and possibly earlier, is there a Ted Bundy copycat out there now?

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at

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BMW Commentary

I'm glad to see that Bill Warner is continuing to look into some of these cases, and I'm not the least surprised that he sees a few 'connections' - such as age, size, hair color, etc. etc. - within the victims.

I wrote to Bill Warner in January of 2012 and told him he was missing a few pieces of his 'connection puzzle.' Of course I sent him the links to the pages on my own web site where the other victims (pieces of the puzzle) could be found, since I've already researched and made all the connections myself, and posted my pages years ago. So far I have received no answer from Bill Warner. None is expected - or needed.

It seems to me that I've been talking about a serial killer for about 20 solid years now ---- way before any of the last people were abducted and murdered.

I'm not only a tracker but a predictor as well. Many pages on this web site plainly foretells approaching murders. I list strike dates and areas as well as age groups; hair color of the victims; where they will disappear from or where they will have last been seen. So far my predictions have been far more accurate than anyone else that I have heard of.

From 1995 until about 2001 I predicted that most of the murders would be primarily east coast and central - meaning Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, etc. Then in or about 2002 I began expanding and said the strikes could be anywhere in the United States .... and I was right. My predictions were not based upon personal opinion or conjecture. They were based upon my suspects movements as he worked for a large construction company and traveled all over this nation.

However, as of 2011, we are going to be taming things down again and moving back into the tri-state area at least through the week. Monday nights through Friday nights the murders will be within 100 miles of Marietta, Ohio.

Weekend murders may span out a little further, but should convert back to eastern states ranging from Ohio into the Carolinas, and southward as far as Tennessee.

Here's a few other murder victims that Bill warner can add to his list whenever he gets around to it. There again, this list is not actually complete either. It's just as few that I recall off the top of my head, and thought he might like to remember while compiling his own list.

Patsy Sparks 1992; Molly Dattillo: Molly Bish 6-27-2000; Rachel Cooke Jan 10, 2002; Crystal Gail Soles, January 24, 2005; Melanie Metheny, July 19, 2006; Allison Jackson-Foy, July 29, 2006; Brittany Sue Zimmerman, April 2, 2008; Lauren Giddings, June 25, 2011;

Of course all of these victims and dozens more can be found on this web site. There are numerous connections, and I have spent years and years working these cases and dividing them into catagories. Some of the victims were killed/abducted on the same dates - different years of course, and usually different states - while others had the right look, or names that fit into the puzzle of a maniac.

I even did up maps years and years ago. They are not posted on my web site but they certainly are part of my Pure Coincidence book series. I dubbed them the Triangle Maps, because I realized that the murders were occuring in groups of three and when you drew lines from each location, the lines formed triangles.

Another project was dividing the victims into the Look-A-Like catagory. Warner mentioned that in his article above, but I did this work many years ago, so it's not news to me.

Warner asks - "is there a Ted Bundy copycat out there now? "

No Sir, he's not a Ted Bundy copycat. But he does have his own agenda like Bundy did. Bundy may come to mind when looking at this guy because there are so many connections between him and Bundy - but he probably doesn't even know that so no, he's not obsess with or trying to copy Bundy's work.

His obsession lies with Martin. That was the beginning and I'm reasonably certain it will be the end.

However, as Bundy sought revenge on those who rejected him, so does this guy .... but then again, so does most narcissistic serial killers. It's one of their characteristics.

Here's a few of the pecularities that I found when looking at Ted Bundy; my suspect and my brother Mike Martin, which I continue to believe is the root of my suspects anger and rage. No, Mike can't be questioned as he died in 1986. If Mike Martin was still alive, I'm absolutely certain if Mike Martin was still alive all of this would have been solved many years ago - if in fact it ever started to begin with.

Ted Bundy was born on November 24th / Mike Martin Died on November 24th:

Ted Bundy was executed on January 24th / My suspects sister was born on January 24th:

Mike Martin was born on February 9th / Ted Bundy killed his last victim, a little 12 year old girl on February 9th:

Mike Martin was buried on November 28th / Katelyn Markham was supposed to move to Colorado on November 28th:

Of course the Bundy-Martin-Bxxxxbach connections are all coincidental - or at least that's what I have to call them since I cannot prove that the spirit world continues to work and help those still left here. But I do believe that, and I do believe that my brother is still trying to help me expose a serial killer who has been racking havoc on the rest of us since the day Mike was buried.

4/18/13 More News:

Attorney: Katelyn Markham's murder could be work of serial killer


As investigators look for evidence among the remains of Katelyn Markham, one experienced criminal defense attorney has a theory about what happened to the Fairfield woman:

Markham's remains were discovered one week ago along a creek near Cedar Grove, Indiana. Markham had been missing since August of 2011, where she was last seen by her fiance at their Fairfield home.

She became the subject of an intensive search effort by police, firefighters and volunteers.

Attorney Mark Krumbein has years of experience defending murderers, kidnappers and even one man suspected of being a serial killer.

Krumbein says the circumstances surrounding the murder of Katelyn Markham and other young women bear some striking similarities.

"In Indiana, maybe 75 miles away at Bloomington, Laura Spierer disappeared from the planet on June 3rd, 2011," explains Krumbein.

Spierer's disappearance preceded the disappearance of Markham by only two months. Spierer's body has never been found. In December of 1997, 23-year-old Laney Gwinner vanished from a Fairfield bowling alley. Months later, her body was found in the Ohio River.

"White females that disappeared with no explanation and two out of the three were found dead," said Krumbein. "I think this could be the act of a serial killer."

FOX19 contacted Markham's fiance, John Carter, by phone. Carter said that Krumbein's theory is shocking.

"I'm very torn up and shocked by this information. I don't know what to think," said Carter. "I hope that whoever did this is caught and punished to the fullest extent."

Krumbein further explains that the manner in which Markham's body was found could provide some important clues.

"It could represent somebody that treated her as if she were a piece of trash, unfortunately, and threw her in what's a dump. That could be something that would be something more of a trait of a serial killer or a random killer as opposed to somebody that knew her."

Krumbein states that most serial killers fit a certain description.

"The typical serial killer is a male white, young, maybe attractive looking guy that wouldn't cause any initial alarm to anybody," explains Krumbein. "They want to see it on television or in the newspaper or hear it on radio about the case itself, but they don't want themselves to be exposed."

Krumbein says the fact that Markham's body was dumped in another state fits the profile of a serial killer who hoped to throw off investigators.

Krumbein states that these killers tend to choose their victims at random, making them all the more difficult to catch.

BMW Commentary

I do not believe this was the work of an inexperienced serial killer. He is not a 'young man,' anymore although I figure he's been killing since he was about 22 years old.

Some of his kills are random, but most are not. Most are premeditated and planned well in advance.

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