Friday, April 12 2013 6:46 AM EDT2013-04-12 10:46:04 GMT
David Markham spoke for just a few minutes Thursday night at the Fairfield West Baptist Church, one day after police revealed to the public skeletal remains found in Franklin County, Indiana had been identifiedMore >
David Markham spoke for just a few minutes Thursday night at the Fairfield West Baptist Church. In that short time, a lot was learned about his daughter, Katelyn, and the person she was.More >
Thursday, April 11 2013 6:34 PM EDT2013-04-11 22:34:42 GMT
The discovery of Katelyn Markham's skeletal remains has lead to a new investigation into her death. Indiana State Police say the focus of their investigation now is to answer the questions of how MarkhamMore >
The discovery of Katelyn Markham's remains has lead to a new investigation into the Fairfield woman's death. Indiana State Police say the focus is now to answer the questions of how and where Markham died.More >
Wednesday, April 18 2012 6:26 AM EDT2012-04-18 10:26:50 GMT
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CEDAR GROVE, IN (FOX19) -
As investigators look for evidence among the remains of Katelyn Markham, one experienced criminal defense attorney has a theory about what happened to the Fairfield woman.
Markham's remains were discovered one week ago along a creek near Cedar Grove, Indiana. Markham had been missing since August of 2011, where she was last seen by her fiance at their Fairfield home.
She became the subject of an intensive search effort by police, firefighters and volunteers.
Attorney Mark Krumbein has years of experience defending murderers, kidnappers and even one man suspected of being a serial killer.
Krumbein says the circumstances surrounding the murder of Katelyn Markham and other young women bear some striking similarities.
"In Indiana, maybe 75 miles away at Bloomington, Laura Spierer disappeared from the planet on June 3rd, 2011," explains Krumbein.
Spierer's disappearance preceded the disappearance of Markham by only two months. Spierer's body has never been found. In December of 1997, 23-year-old Laney Gwinner vanished from a Fairfield bowling alley. Months later, her body was found in the Ohio River.
"White females that disappeared with no explanation and two out of the three were found dead," said Krumbein. "I think this could be the act of a serial killer."
FOX19 contacted Markham's fiance, John Carter, by phone. Carter said that Krumbein's theory is shocking.
"I'm very torn up and shocked by this information. I don't know what to think," said Carter. "I hope that whoever did this is caught and punished to the fullest extent."
Krumbein further explains that the manner in which Markham's body was found could provide some important clues.
"It could represent somebody that treated her as if she were a piece of trash, unfortunately, and threw her in what's a dump. That could be something that would be something more of a trait of a serial killer or a random killer as opposed to somebody that knew her."
Krumbein states that most serial killers fit a certain description.
"The typical serial killer is a male white, young, maybe attractive looking guy that wouldn't cause any initial alarm to anybody," explains Krumbein. "They want to see it on television or in the newspaper or hear it on radio about the case itself, but they don't want themselves to be exposed."
Krumbein says the fact that Markham's body was dumped in another state fits the profile of a serial killer who hoped to throw off investigators.
Krumbein states that these killers tend to choose their victims at random, making them all the more difficult to catch.
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One person is in the hospital after a car crash on Interstate 70 in Independence. More >
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