WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - An arrest connected to the murder of a West Chester woman is sparking new conversation about a separate homicide in Fairfield.
There has been much speculation about a possible link between the murder of Ellen "Ellie" Weik and the death of Katelyn Markham. Authorities are not confirming any possible connection between the two cases, but a private investigator who worked Markham's case believes it is worth investigating.
Weik, 23, disappeared in late July. Police said her body was found Friday in a field off of Millikin Road and Maud Hughes in Liberty Township.
A 29-year-old man with a criminal history, Michael Strouse, is locked up on murder charges. He is accused of taking Weik's life about a month ago at his home. Police said he admitted to death by asphyxiation.
Markham's case opened in 2011 in Fairfield when the nearly 23-year-old vanished. In 2013, her remains were discovered in Cedar Grove, Ind. Her death was ultimately ruled a homicide. A suspect has never been named.
Strouse's arrest is now raising all sorts of speculation and talk of a possible link between the two women. A photo surfaced on Facebook, reportedly showing Markham's then-fiancé John Carter, with Weik's accused murderer, Strouse. Carter confirmed via phone Monday night that the photo is a real picture of him and Strouse that was taken at a party after Markham's disappearance.
Carter said that Strouse has never been more than an acquaintance to him or, to his knowledge, to Markham. According to Carter, some of his friends are friends with Strouse, but that is the extent of the relationship. He said if Strouse had anything to do with Markham's death, he does not know anything about it.