4. The discovery of human skeletal remains off Big Cedar Road near Cedar Grove was investigated starting April 7 by the Franklin County Sheriff ‘s Department, Franklin County Coroner’s Office, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police. Persons walking along Big Cedar Creek discovered bones near the creek’s edge.
They were identified as those of Katelyn Markham, 21, Fairfield, Ohio, reported Houze. The young woman was reported as a missing person to Fairfield police Aug. 14, 2011. The officer explained, “The Fairfield Police Department and Indiana State Police are working in concert to conduct an investigation into the death of Miss Markham.”
After reviewing the results of postmortem examinations conducted by various forensic specialists, in August county coroner Wanda Lee ruled Markham’s cause of death as undetermined and her manner of death as homicide, Houze said. On Aug. 13, the coroner’s office released her remains so her family could make funeral arrangements.
ISP and Fairfield Police officers are continuing to work jointly in their investigation into the death. Anyone with information is urged to call the ISP at 812-689-5000, Fairfield Police at 513-867-6094 or Crime Stoppers at 888-352-3040.
5. Last year Charles “Shorty” Whittington, Grammer, owner of Batesville Aviation Services, purchased a private airport in rural Batesville from Hill-Rom Holdings and Hillenbrand Inc., at the time one of six owned by businesses in the whole United States.
His PowerPoint presentation at the Nov. 12 Batesville Farm-City Banquet called the newly-opened public airport “The Most Important Mile of Pavement in Franklin County.” He projected that six jobs could grow to 23 and that 300 airport users could triple to 1,000 in the future. Of the $400,000 payroll, the owner estimated, “That can get up to $1.3 million pretty quick.”
Whittington said he and the personnel care about the airport “because aviation is in our blood, and we are dedicated to providing regional economic growth, superior aircraft maintenance and first-class customer service for personal and corporate aircraft.”