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Katelyn Markham's Death Ruled Homicide
A full two years after Katelyn Markham was last seen alive, her death has been ruled a homicide and her remains have been released to her father so he can now plan her funeral.
Katelyn Markham was last seen alive on the evening of August 13, 2011 at her home in Fairfield. Her boyfriend reported her missing the next day.
"It's a very sad day. It's a day I've been looking forward to and a day I've been dreading. Nobody wants to bury their child," said Dave Markham, Katelyn's father.
The last two years have been heartbreaking for Markham. He and countless volunteers searched wooded areas from Fairfield to Indiana looking for her. Katelyn was a student who planned to work as a graphic designer.
To mark the somber anniversary, people who helped look for Katelyn gathered at the Fairfield Police Department, clutching homemade signs marked "Justice for Katelyn." Although most didn't know her, they have come to feel like they did.
"It just touched my heart. And her being missing like that, I couldn't fathom it," said Dianne Smith. Shari Crystol drove to Fairfield from Northern Kentucky for the vigil.
"We just don't want the police department or the city to think that we're going to forget Katelyn and let the case go cold," Crystol said.
The people whove rallied around Dave Markham have become a second family of sorts to him.
"That's been one of the driving forces to keep me going over the past two years. So many people have put their lives on hold and have done searches for Katelyn and searches for other people, if they can do it, I can do it," Markham said.
A man collecting scrap metal found Katelyn's skeletal remains near Cedar Grove, Indiana in April.
"She's been found, she's been released to Dave where she belongs. And now it's to the point where the police department needs to find out what happened to her," said Dave Rader, of the local chapter of Texas Equusearch.
Police in Indiana and Fairfield said they are working the case.
"Be patient. You can never solve a case like this fast enough. And I can understand that. But in the end we all want justice for her and sometimes justice comes slow," said Officer Doug Day of the Fairfield Police Department.
But, justice and answers can't come soon enough for Dave Markham.
"I think somebody knows something and I'd like for them to step forward," Markham said.
Indiana State Police say they do not have any suspects.
Anyone with information about Katelyn Markhams disappearance should call Indiana State Police at 812-689-5000, Fairfield Police at 513-867-6094, or Crime Stoppers at 888-352-3040 or 513-352-3040.