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June 16, 2014

The search for Brookelyn Farthing - Sunday fundraiser to help build reward fund

RICHMOND — On Sunday, exactly a year after she disappeared, an event will raise reward money for information to find Brookelyn Farthing, 19.

The event, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds, will feature “a little bit of something for everybody,” Brookelyn’s mother, Shelby Walker, said Monday.

Guests will be entertained by a silent auction, car show (entry fee $10 per car) and live music by The Stillwater Band and Doug Thomas and the Downtown Deuce Band.

Several items will be raffled, including a 1995 Camry ready to drive off the lot, a diamond ring and items “for men and women,” Walker said. Tickets for the car raffle are $10 each.

For the kids, there will inflatables, temporary tattoos and face painting and baked items.

“Brook was such a generous girl,” Walker said of her daughter who was in Girl Scouts for most of her life.

She made care kits for victims of Hurricane Katrina, visited the elderly and donated a lot of her time to helping others, her mother said.

“At the time, you never realize how much you put into your community,” she said. “When (she disappeared) all of that generosity started coming back to her.”

The reward totals $5,000, and Farthing’s family hope a larger amount will give incentive to someone with information to contact the state police.

“We hope the food sells out, the door prizes are gone, and every raffle ticket is sold,” said her stepfather, Randal Walker.

In addition to the fun and entertainment, the event will offer information about preventing child abductions, Farthing’s mother said. State police have provided kits for parents to register their children for identification, she said. When Brookelyn went missing, and her family was under great stress, her loved ones had trouble quickly gathering information to help police, her mother said.

The family has invited everyone to come enjoy themselves, but there is an opportunity to learn the importance of preparing for the worst, like having a storm kit for tornado season, she explained.

“I know (Brookelyn) would have wanted us to take something good from all of this. We are trying to keep (the event) fun and happy, but we also want to help,” Shelby Walker said.

Generosity for the family has persisted from the time Brookelyn first disappeared, and the family continues to be amazed at the giving nature of the community, her mother said.

When the family learned that Miller’s Tire of Richmond and Cars of Kentucky were donating a car to be raffled, “We were floored,” said Brookelyn’s stepfather, Randal Walker. Tim Miller, Miller’s Tire owner, had only known the family for only a short time before the search began. “He’s put as much effort into it as the family has,” Randal Walker said of the search for Brookelyn.

She was last seen at a home on Dillon Court off US 421 north of Big Hill, just hours before local firefighters extinguished a “suspicious fire” at the home.

Trooper Robert Purdy said new information comes in “daily,” and last month several searches were conducted. However, none of the leads or searches were fruitful.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 623-2404 or utilize the confidential “Text-A-Tip” line. For details, visit kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/text_a_tip_sheet.pdf Purdy said.

“We just need to do all we can to get information to the police,” Shelby Walker said. “Our main goal is to keep everyone safe, bring Brookelyn back, and hope something good comes with all of this.”

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