8 unsolved murders in the Miami Valley


Some murders go unsolved and killers slip through the cracks. Time passes and families of the victims lose hope, but the families never forget and the detectives never give up. Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 25, WHIO-TV presents “Miami Valley Murder Mysteries” at 7:30 p.m. right before the season premiere of ‘NCIS.” The show profiles 4 cold cases recently reopened by local law enforcement officers. 

» TONIGHT: WHIO-TV profiles 4 unsolved local murders

The following cases have been profiled in the past but they are still open and under investigation:

Katelyn Markham disappeared from her home in Fairfield in August of 2011. Then in April, 2013, skeletal remains were found in a remote area in Cedar Grove, Indiana. Within days, the confirmation came that the remains were Markham’s and her death was ruled a homicide. However, the exact cause of death could not be determined. If you have information, please contact Detective Vance Patton at the Indiana State Police or the Fairfield Police Department at If you have any information about this case, please contact the Fairfield Police Department at 513-829-8201. 

» Detective: We continue to follow leads in Katelyn Markham death

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On November 1, 1999, just after 9:00 p.m., off-duty Dayton Police Officer Kevin Brame parked his car in the driveway and returned his two small children to their home on Cherry Dr. in Dayton. As Kevin returned to his car, an unknown assailant emerged from a row of hedges near the house and shot him. Kevin was ambushed and never had a chance to defend himself. Dayton police said it is still unknown why Brame was killed. Detective Patricia Tackett wants to hear from anyone with information about this case. Her number is 937-333-1149. 

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School was closed on January 25, 1973 and that was the only reason Linda Dearth was home that day. The 13-year-old Northmont Junior High School Student was found dead by her older brother just before noon in the living room of the family home near Brookville. Linda had been raped and shot in the head. If you have information about the murder of Linda Dearth, please call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. 

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On May 16, 1994, Arthur Works and Raymond Ogle were shot to death while working at JR Motor Sales on West Third St. in Dayton. Anyone with information should contact Detective Patricia Tackett at 937-333-1149. 

The body of Martha Oelman, the daughter of former NCR Chairman, Robert Schantz Oelman, was found in the family cabin near Bellbrook in September of 1997. She was bludgeoned to death. If you have information about this case, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO. 

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Co-workers found the body of Paula Payne, 19, on a wooded path leading to the former Dayton Museum of Natural History on Aug. 9, 1977. She was nude and the killer had strangled her with the blouse that she was wearing. Paula had graduated with top honors from Colonel White High School and was working as a summer instructor at the museum before her junior year at Earlham College. If you know anything about the murder of Paula Payne, Detective Patricia Tackett wants you to call her at 937-333-1149. 

In January of 1973, 12-year old Marvin Beau King was reported missing from his mobile home in Clark County. One day later, an anonymous caller reported to the Springfield News Sun, that a body could be found in a field near the intersection of Springfield-Xenia Rd. at Rebert Pike. Clark County Sheriff’s deputies search the area and found the body of the young boy. He had been strangled. If you have information about the murder of Beau King, you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. 


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