Reward for slain Fairfield woman up to $70,000

Anonymous donor recently added $25,000 to total

All those who knew and loved Fairfield’s Katelyn Markham are praying that money talks.

The 22-year-old art student went missing from her Dorshire Drive residence during the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 2011. Police and volunteers looked for months to find the young woman who vanished leaving behind her purse, keys and her dog.

The case gained national media attention as days turned into months with no news on Markham’s whereabouts.

Then on April 7, 2013, Markham’s skeletal remains were found in a remote wooded area in Cedar Grove, Ind. Within days, confirmation came that the remains were Katelyn’s, and the Franklin County Coroner Wanda Lee ruled her death a homicide. However, the exact cause of death could not be determined.

That is where the investigation seems to have stalled, but an anonymous donor has increase the reward amount by $25,000 for information leading to the arrested and conviction of her killer. The reward is now $70,000.

Katelyn’s father, Dave, said they received a letter from a person who did not want to be identified, but wanted to up the ante because of frustration that Katelyn’s killer has not been found. After vetting the offer to assure it was legit, the family announced the increase last week.

Markham says he will always have faith that his daughter’s killer will be found, be he is not sure more money will help.

“You know if $50,000 didn’t do it, I don’t know if $70,000 will,” Markham said. “But I am grateful that it is keeping Katelyn’s name out there.”

Markham said he has always believed someone killed his daughter by accident or in the heat of the moment, and that there was a cover up.

“You would think someone would say something by now,” Markham said. “But there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of investigating going on.”

Indiana State Police, the Fairfield Police Department and a retired Butler County Sheriff’s Office Detective Frank Smith, now a private investigator, are all working together on the case.