By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
RED LICK —
The search continues today for Brookelyn Shae Farthing, 18, who was last seen in the early morning of June 22 at a home on Dillon Court in the southern Madison County community of Red Lick.
The Kentucky State Police also are investigating a “suspicious fire” that was extinguished in the home shortly after the teen’s disappearance, said Trooper Paul Blanton, spokesperson for KSP Post 7 in Richmond.
On Friday, around 80 people from local law enforcement and emergency agencies scoured 500 acres on Floyd Branch Road off Red Lick Road, as well as areas directly behind the home on Dillon Court.
Investigators said that was the last area she was believed to have been, “and we’ve got to start somewhere,” Blanton said when asked what prompted a search of the area.
A KSP aircraft also flew over the region but had difficulty seeing the ground because of the thick foliage, he said.
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency also brought search and rescue dogs.
The Richmond unit of the Salvation Army took its canteen to the scene to keep the searchers supplied with food and drink, said Capt. Mark Love
“We’ve not found anything today that leads us to believe anything happened to her,” Blanton said. “But we’re going to look in all the places we think she might be, eliminate those and go from there.”
Investigators also have been led to believe Farthing did not disappear on her own.
“With as much as she talked to her friends and family, she would normally be in contact with somebody,” Blanton said.
The house on Dillon Court had been without electricity for several weeks and the homeowner was in the process of moving out of the home, the KSP spokesperson said.
For a time that Saturday morning, both Farthing and the resident were reportedly in the home. However, the resident left and when he returned, the home was on fire and Farthing was missing, Blanton said.
Some of Farthing’s belongings were found in the home, items “she would not normally be without,” he said.
The KSP distributed a missing person notice Monday morning asking the public’s help in finding the Madison Southern High School graduate. Farthing is described as being 5 feet, 1 inch tall with blonde hair and brown eyes.
According to a flyer on Farthing’s Facebook page, the teenager had been wearing a gray Future Farmers of America shirt and light blue-jean shorts when last seen.
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