Friends, family search for missing woman

FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Friends and family should be celebrating a Fairfield woman's 22nd birthday. Instead, they are scouring her neighborhood for clues into why she disappeared over the weekend.

Police and firefighters are leading the search in a two-mile area around Katelyn Markham's Dorshire Drive townhome. Dozens of friends and relatives spread throughout the area looking for footprints, clothes, her cell phone and passing out flyers.

Katelyn Markham's fiance, John Carter, says he was the last one to see her Saturday night. He says she was fine when he left her home around 11 p.m.

Carter says the couple was planning a trip to Colorado in November, and he says they hoped to move there in the fall.

"We've been talking about going to Colorado for days, if she was scared she would have said something," Carter said.

Investigators say she's gone. Her cell phone is gone. They say her car was left behind at her home. So was her purse.

"I don't know who would do it, I just want Katelyn back," Carter said.

Investigators with the Fairfield Police Department say they do not see any evidence of foul play but there's also no reasonable explanation for her disappearance.

Carter says he was the last one to talk to her after he left her home around 11 p.m. Saturday night. He says he got a text from her around 1 a.m. and that was the last he's heard from her.

When she didn't respond to his messages all day Sunday, he went looking for her. When he saw she wasn't home, he panicked and started calling people for help. He says Markham's a planner and running off would be out of character.

"I'm terrified. I'm absolutely terrified," Carter said. "I just want to find Katelyn and celebrate her birthday with her."

Markham's father says he thinks his daughter "must have opened the door for someone," leading to her disappearance.

Markham works two jobs. One at David's Bridal in Tri-County and the other at the Art Institute of Ohio bookstore in Mason. That's also where she was an art student.

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