Event Saturday to celebrate Katelyn Markham’s life

A celebration of the life of Markham will be held from 5 p.m. to dusk at Harbin Park in Fairfield, according to Dave Rader, the director of the Ohio chapter of Texas Equusearch, which searched extensively for Markham.

Markham had been studying art, and some of her artwork will be on display at the event. The event is open to the public.

“This is a gathering for the community that helped in searching for Katelyn Markham,” Rader said. “People are more than welcome to come. The more the merrier. This is a way of giving back to the community.”

Markham disappeared from her Dorshire Drive residence in August 2011, prompting hundreds of people from many states to search for her.

Markham’s skeletal remains were found along a creek bed last week in Cedar Grove, Ind., about 30 miles from Fairfield. Indiana and Fairfield police are collaborating on an investigation, authorities said. No new information has been released on the case this week, and no one has yet been charged in connection with her case.

Dave Markham, Katelyn’s father, was not immediately available for comment Wednesday, but he thanked his many supporters at a press conference held last Thursday.

“This tragedy has touched so many people and brought so many of us together. I now know I truly have lifelong friends because of this,” he said.

Dianne Smith, a Hamilton woman who has organized vigils for Katelyn, said she planned to be at Saturday’s event. One of those vigils was last year, also at Harbin Park.

“I will tell you one day if they find the person (responsible) and there is a court hearing, they better have it in a very large courtroom, because we will all be there still supporting Katelyn,” she said of those who helped search for Markham.