Police investigate link between rape suspect and missing Fairfield woman

Gurpreet Kang (Source: Butler County Jail)
Gurpreet Kang (Source: Butler County Jail)
Katelyn Markham
Katelyn Markham

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Fairfield Police are investigating a link between a man who was arrested for a rape at Miami University and missing Fairfield woman, Katelyn Markham.

Gurpreet Kang, 26, of Hamilton, is being held at the Butler County Jail on a $250,000 bond for sexual battery. According to the Dayton Daily News, Kang was arrested two weeks ago in Wayne County, Mich. for raping a Miami University student in April of 2011.

Police say Kang reportedly worked at a convenience store near Markham's residence.

According to a police report, Kang's home was also about seven miles from Markham's townhouse.

"This information has already been integrated into our ongoing investigation," said Lt. Kevin Haddix with Fairfield Police.

Haddix said police have no further comments on the ongoing investigation.

FOX19 spoke with Harry Kooner, a cousin of Kang, who doesn't believe he could have anything to do with Markham's disappearance.

"I certainly think it's a coincidence because I don't see how he would go out of his way to kill somebody that he barely knew. She was a customer of ours but he didn't know her other than that," said Kooner.

Markham, 22, was reported missing last August by her fiance. No one has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.

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