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Cold case detective now on Markham case
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- There were few clues in Katelyn Markham's Fairfield condo after she vanished August 13, 2011.
It was believed she answered the door for someone she knew because her purse, car keys, and dog were left in the condo. Her car was still parked in the lot. Searches followed for months then, last spring, her remains were found at a garbage dump site in Indiana. She was so badly decomposed there was no cause of death determined, but her disappearance became a murder case.
Fairfield police said it was an Indiana case, Indiana State Police said no meaningful leads came in for months.
Katelyn's father said, "Everyone is waiting for a lead to come forward. It will go cold, unless a fresh set of eyes looks at it."
Retired Butler County Sheriff's cold case detective, Frank Smith who operates Ohio Polygraph in Hamilton, was put on the Markham case. Smith, known for solving cases decades old, has been commissioned by the family. He said he was working with both Fairfield and Indiana detectives.
Dave Markham said he has a lot of faith in Frank. His record speaks for itself when a person learns about all the cold cases he's solved. That included the 1974 murder of retired elementary school principal, Ruth Doench, who was raped, stabbed and hatcheted to death. Smith solved the murder with the arrest of Indiana rapist Donald Korn, 29 years after the crime.
Smith's old detective office had a wall of photos. They were the faces of murder victims whose cases needed solved. Smith said Katelyn Markham's photo was already on the wall of his polygraph office.
He's taking calls at his office: 894-1599
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