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The site where Katelyn Markham's remains were found near Big Cedar Creek in Cedar Grove, Ind.
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Katelyn Markham's remains sent to Indianapolis for examination by forensic anthropologist

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INDIANAPOLIS - Katelyn Markham’s skeletal remains have been transferred to Indianapolis to be examined by a forensic anthropologist in hopes of determining how she died.

It may take up to six weeks for examinations and testing, the Indiana State Police said Tuesday.

Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth Murray, who says she is not working on the Markham case, told WCPO Digital that human remains can tell a story. Murray, a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, said forensic anthropologists are qualified to assess the conditions involving a person’s death, by analyzing skeletal trauma and separating the injuries caused by various instruments.

“I may be able to say to the coroner’s office how many blunt trauma injuries there are to the skull, or even what sequence or what direction they came from,” Murray said.

Forensic anthropologists are also helpful in determining how long remains have been in an area.

Markham's remains were found April 7 near a creek in Franklin County, Ind., 20 months after she disappeared from her Fairfield home, The Franklin County Coroner's Office asked the Hamilton County Coroner's Office to do an autopsy and transferred the remains to Cincinnati. Dental records were used to identify her.

Markham, a 21-year-old art student engaged to be married, vanished on Aug. 14, 2011.

The Indiana State Police and the Fairfield Police are working together in the investigation of her death. Anyone with information is urged to call the Indiana State Police at 812-689-5000, Fairfield Police at 513-867-6094, or Crime Stoppers at 888-352-3040 or 513-352-3040.

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How forensic anthropologists help solve cases: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_central_cincinnati/narrowing-the-field-how-forensic-anthropologists-examine-skeletal-remains

What the evidence suggests in Markham case:  http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_north_cincinnati/what-evidence-suggests-in-katelyn-markham-case-and-where-investigators-might-turn-for-answers

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