- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A father’s request to add “fresh eyes” to the unsolved homicide death of his daughter who disappeared from her home more than four years ago has drawn a quick response from an Ohio sheriff’s office.

“Starting today, we are meeting with people and making arrangements to look at everything,” Butler County sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft said this week about the Katelyn Markham case.

Skeletal remains identified as those of the 21-year-old art student were found in 2013 in a wooded area in Cedar Grove, Indiana, about 20 miles west of her home in Fairfield. She had vanished on Aug. 13, 2011.

A coroner ruled the death a homicide, but the cause hasn’t been determined.

Law enforcement agencies continued investigating, but Markham’s father, Dave Markham, last week asked the Butler County sheriff’s office to also take the case, saying it needed “fresh eyes,” the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/1mfBCd0) reported.

Craft cautioned that it is not likely to be a quick investigation.

“It will take time to look at every piece of evidence,” he said

A private investigator from Florida, who also has been investigating, said last week that a new piece of evidence was processed for DNA and could lead to a break in the case.

“There could be an arrest if (the DNA test) comes back favorably,” said investigator J. Ryan Green, who declined to provide specifics on the evidence.

He said it was available for testing four years ago, but had not been processed until now.

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said Friday that his department is willing to work with other agencies.


Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, https://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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