The Katelyn Markham disappearance is hitting its first year anniversary this week, which is a depressing thought to all who were pulling for the young woman being found. The last person to see her or have anything to do with her was her fiance John Carter, who last received a text message from her in the late night hours of August 14, 2011. This isn't the only sad point in her disappearance, as this upcoming week will also mark the second birthday she has had since vanishing.
Where could this missing woman be? There has been a ton of speculation since she vanished, some of it even tying her to a potential serial predator. Her disappearance has been connected (in speculation only) to the disappearances of Lauren Spierer, Holly Bobo, Paige Johnson and even Mickey Shunick and Kelli Bordeaux. Officials on the case refuse to acknowledge the possibilities, even in the face of an unsolved murder that took place at the very complex she inhabited (the murder of Chelsea Johnson).
The leads in this case have all but disappeared entirely. Mike Dickey, the police chief in Fairfield, Ohio, says that there has only been a total of five leads in her case in the past month. To be honest, the scrutiny in this case should rest upon the shoulders of her fiance John Carter. He lied in the beginning about taking a polygraph test, and it appears as though the media has stopped caring about these tiny details. He also claims that items found in the search for her last year didn't belong to her, when they did. There are just too many details to ignore in this case and one can't help but feel annoyed at the lack of attention being given to obviously suspicious behavior. Meanwhile, at least one person has been accused and cleared of any wrongdoing -- none of them her fiance.
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