Search for Katelyn Markham resumes

Phone casing found during search for Katelyn Markham
Phone casing found during search for Katelyn Markham

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Volunteers are resuming the search for Katleyn Markham on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.  This comes after a search in Harbin Park on Saturday turned up possible clues in the case.

According to the search's organizer, volunteers at another search location uncovered a Converse shoe, a hooped earring, and a phone that matched the description of Katelyn's cell Saturday. All items found were handed over to investigators. Police have not yet confirmed whether any of the items did in fact belong to Markham, but several posts on a Facebook page dedicated to the search for Markham say family members do not believe the items belong to her.

Volunteers were asked to bring shovels, walkie-talkies and other items to aid in the search. Some also brought their dogs, hoping they might be able to catch something the they might miss.

"We figured he could maybe hit on something, smell on something before we'd even see it," Brian May said of his family's dog Mavrick.

Brian and his wife Robin joined what organizers say was a group of 100 to 150  people spreading out throughout various well known, but rural parts of the community to search.

"They're looking everywhere from [Harbin] Park to five or six other parks," Robin said. "Just going throughout the whole area. Going to places that aren't even close to her home." Robin says as a parent she cannot imagine not knowing where her child is.

"We've got to find her and if we don't go out to search nobody's going to find her," Victoria Chafin said.

Chafin has known Katelyn since the fifth grade and organized the search hoping to find answers.

"I know Katelyn and I know that she didn't just up and vanish like some people say on her own," Chafin emphasized. "She's not the type of person, she had too much going for her."

Katelyn's dad David Markham says the hundreds of volunteers have brought him some relief in the midst of turmoil.

"If I dwell too much on it kills me and racks my body with pain so the best thing is to come out on a beautiful day like this and see all the support," he said.

He says Katelyn was about to get her bachelor's in just three weeks with plans to move to Colorado with her fiancé and cannot imagine her disappearing her own.

"To one day throw it all away? Stop? No," David argued.

For now, however, he is unsure of what may have happened.

"None. No ideas," he admitted.

"We have no clue what happened," Debi Carter, step-mother of Katelyn's fiancé shared. "We just know that she's out there. We're going to find her and we'll do whatever we can to bring her home."

She says while some people in the community are questioning her step son's actions, she is convinced he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

"I know John and I know he didn't do anything," Debi stated. "He wants Katelyn home and John doesn't care what is being said about him because that means people are talking about this."

She says keeping Katelyn's story in the public eye is critical to helping bring her home and right now that remains the focus above all else for the searchers.

"What's most important right now if finding Katelyn," Chafin said. "It doesn't matter who did it at this point. They can find that out later. We just need to find her."

"Katelyn is our ray of sunshine," Debi Carter said. "We just miss her. We want her home."

"I just hope that for the family that this all comes to an end," Robin May shared. "I hope a good end but you know I know that they need answers."

Markham was last seen by her fiancé John Carter on August 13th at her Fairfield townhouse. He reported her missing about eight hours later.  She left behind her purse, keys and car.  Her cell phone is also missing and has been turned off.

Markham is 5'3", 130lbs., with green eyes and brown hair with blonde highlights

If you have any information on her disappearance, please call CrimeStoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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