The fiancé of a missing Ohio woman defended himself and maintained his innocence on Nancy Grace Thursday night.
John Carter, who had been engaged to 22-year-old Katelyn Markham for almost a year when she vanished earlier this month, told Nancy Grace that he took and passed a polygraph test early in the investigation. Police would not comment on that claim Thursday, but Carter said he had been asked if he knew where Markham was or anything else about her disappearance during the test.
Markham was last seen by Carter between 11:00 and 11:30 pm on August 13 when he says he left her Fairfield, Ohio townhouse. He received a text message from her phone containing a picture of a picture of herself at 12:52 am. She has not been heard from since that time, and police have said her phone was turned off around 12:45 am.
“She likes to send me pictures all the time,” Carter said, indicating that the message itself did not seem odd to him. He added that she had also sent him a series of regular texts after he left about how she wanted him to burn some documents for her.
Carter called 911 around 8:00 pm on August 14 after going to Markham’s home and finding her car outside, her purse and keys inside the townhouse and her cell phone missing. Her dog was locked in the bedroom, which Carter said was unusual. Other than that, the apartment looked exactly as it had when he left the night before.
Asked why he has sometimes referred to Markham in the past tense in interviews, which has raised suspicion with some observers online, he explained, “I have spoken of her in the past tense because she is currently missing. And I only used the past tense because I don’t know what else to use. And it’s really confusing when I’m talking to so many people about it, you know, what direction I can go.
“And it’s insanely hard to deal with a lot of this stuff.”
Psychoanalyst Dr. Bethany Marshall supported Carter, saying, “This fiancé is not stupid, he knows this, and his language is realistic and it reflects the reality of the situation.”
A Fairfield Police Department spokesman told a Nancy Grace producer Thursday that the possibility of foul play in Markham’s disappearance is something they are investigating, but they do not have direct evidence of it at this point. He said that Carter and the other friends, co-workers and relatives of Markham who they have interviewed have been cooperative so far.
Markham and Carter had been together for six years and they planned to marry after they turned 25. Carter proposed on Markham’s 22nd birthday, and her 23rd birthday passed a few days after she went missing. On his Facebook page that day, Carter wrote that he would throw a birthday party for her anyway because “I just know she would want people to be happy and to come together and give all the support we can.”
About 30 people joined a volunteer search for Markham Thursday night in Gilmore Park, according to CNN affiliate WLWT. Another search was planned for Saturday at Harbin Park.
Carter said he knows some people have questioned his behavior, but it does not matter to him.
“I don’t care if people are, you know, talking about me,” he said. “Whatever. As long as we’re focused on Katelyn Markham and bringing Katelyn Markham home, that is all I want.”
Anyone with information related to Markham’s disappearance can contact Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040 or the Fairfield Police Department at 513-829-8201. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information in the case.