FAIRFIELD, Ohio - "No longer lost. Never alone."
Those are the words etched on a metal plaque, hung on a wood cross that marks the place where the body of Katelyn Markham was found on April 7 in Cedar Grove, Ind.
Markham went missing from her Fairfield home on Aug. 13, 2011, with little clue as to what happened to the 21-year-old art student.
The simple memorial with a permanent cement base was erected at the end of May, said Katelyn's father, David, from his home on Father's Day.
"Someone I never met made the cross and helped us put it up," Mr. Markham said. "It was a very touching gesture. I just met him the day we put it up."
Mr. Markham said a person, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached the local chapter of Texas Equusearch, the organization that helped in the search for Katelyn, with the idea of the monument.
"The gentleman is just a really good-hearted person," said David Rader, Equusearch area president.
Rader said Equusearch will deliver a similar memorial to Arkansas next week, after the body of 14-year-old Sidney Randall was found in a river there in May.
Randall went missing in early March and her body was found May 18, according to kait8.com . Rader and his chapter of Equusearch helped in the initial search.
Of the monuments, Rader said they are places to "go and kind of reflect. You pay tribute for someone you spent so much time looking for. I think it's part of the healing process."
The case of Katelyn Markham's disappearance is ongoing. Police have not made an arrest, or announced a suspect in her case.
The Ohio chapter of Equusearch will hold a fundraising event Friday, June 21 at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1081 Smiley Blvd. in Forest Park. The fundraiser starts at 11 a.m. and runs until close. Ten percent of each meal purchase that day will go toward supporting the organization's ongoing mission to assist in the search of missing people.
For more information about Equusearch visit http://texasequusearch.org/
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