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Anonymous donor offers $25K to help find killer of local woman


An anonymous donor has offered up $25,000 to help find Katelyn Markham's killer, bringing the total amount of reward money in the case to $70,000.

At 22-years-old, Markham was reported missing in August of 2011, last seen at her Fairfield home. In 2013, her skeletal remains were found in Cedar Grove, Indiana by people looking for scrap metal along a creek. 

Also in 2013, her death was ruled a homicide, though authorities are still unsure how she was killed. 

Last April, Indiana State Police said they believed the discovery of more bones belonging to Markham in the same area along Big Cedar Road in Cedar Grove where bones were first found in 2013.

"It's hard to deal with just waiting and waiting. I believe someday the answers will happen,” said Katelyn's father, David Markham.

Those answers are hard to find right now with no named suspects and no new leads. But, there is a new development in the case.

"I started crying right away. It's an awesome feeling that there's people willing to do this,” Markham said on Monday.

A few months ago, Markham received a letter from a person wanting to stay nameless. Markham says that person reached out to restaurateur Jeff Ruby to help. Ruby has also put up reward money in the case.

"He knew that Jeff had put up reward money. So, he contacted Jeff and said, 'I want to ante up, too,” Markham told FOX19 NOW.

The letter made its way to Markham from there. After months of a vetting process, just recently did the family learn the donation was a legitimate one.

"I'm grateful that people are still willing to keep Katelyn's name out there,” Markham said.

Indiana State Police are working the case along with Fairfield Police. They have no new developments. Indiana State Police investigators told FOX19 NOW on Monday that information is running thing unless someone comes forward.

The same can be said for the private investigator hired to work the case, former Butler County Sheriff's Office investigator Frank Smith of Ohio Polygraph and Associates. By phone on Monday, Smith told FOX19 NOW they're actively working the case every day, and have several investigators assigned to Markham's case.

As the old saying goes, Markham hopes, money talks.

"I hope that he has to write that check,” Markham told FOX19 NOW.

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