(Hamilton County, Oh.) - The skeletal remains of Katelyn Markham have been brought back to Cincinnati from Indianapolis.
The 21-year-old Fairfield, Ohio woman went missing in August of 2011. Her remains were found near Big Cedar Creek in Cedar Grove, Franklin County this past April 7 by a man searching for scrap metal. Police relied on dental records to identify the remains.
A forensic anthropologist in Indianapolis has been studying the skeletal remains the past couple months trying to determine how exactly Markham died. This week, her remains were brought back to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for further examination, the Hamilton Journal-News reports.
“Maybe as soon as a week or two, they don’t have an exact time, the remains should be released to the family for burial,” ISP Sgt. Noel Houze told the newspaper.
If and when a cause of death is determined, that information will be released by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. Houze said it is possible that a cause of death won’t be determinable because of the condition of the remains.
Indiana State Police are leading the investigation in cooperation with Fairfield Police.