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,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.
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.
“They collected a lot of stuff,” he said, declining to describe the items but adding that they could turn out to be trash.
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 25 miles west of her Fairfield home, and identified Wednesday with the aid of dental records.
The Hamilton County coroner’s office in Cincinnati identified Markham’s remains.