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Karena McClerkin, 18: Attended A Party In 2016 & Vanished *UPDATE*

Karena McClerkin, 18: Attended A Party In 2016 & Vanished *UPDATE*

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One look at the Justice for Karena McClerkin and Bring Karena McClerkin Home Facebook pages will break your heart. The last time anyone heard from the 18-year-old was on October 11, 2016, in Kokomo, Indiana, when she reportedly told her grandmother, Gerry McClerkin, that she planned to attend a party. Karena said she was meeting up with a boy and then they would make their way to the event together. H sometime during the evening, she vanished without a trace.

Karena McClerkn’s Documented Last Movements

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“The last thing my granddaughter said to me – she held my hand and said, ‘I’ll be alright grandma, I’ll be alright,'” Gerry revealed. WRTV did a follow-up report on this case in 2019 on the anniversary of Karena’s disappearance, stating that the teen left the party and then walked to a nearby BP gas station. There, surveillance cameras captured Karena before witnesses claimed that they saw her enter a vehicle in an alley. The car and who Karena may have been with were unknown then.

It was also revealed that Karena struggled with addiction, but she was turning her life around. She enrolled in a rehabilitation facility and was working on bettering herself. However, itnesses would claim that the last time they saw Karena was with a man named Flint Vincent Farmer. He was said to have purchased food and drugs, but no one knows what happened to Karena following their interaction.

Updated 2023: A Break In The Case

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For years, Karena’s family endured chasing false leads and following up on rumors. There were murmurs that danger befell Karena, with people alleging she was murdered and buried. In 2018, private investigators even offered to look into the case free of charge. However, police wouldn’t get a break until July 2022, when WHTR reported that they located Karena McClerkin’s remains in rural Miami County. Almost immediately, 57-year-old Farmer was arrested concerning Karena’s disappearance and murder.

According to Farmer, he admitted to seeing Karena McClerkin prior to her going missing. He claimed he did see her near an alley, but she was never inside his home. Farmer further told police that Karena and another woman asked him for money, but he refused. Yet, investigators spoke with witnesses, Farmer’s neighbors, who shared that they heard the sound of a fight coming from his apartment. They heard a person “gasping or whimpering,” and believed someone was being attacked.

A Family’s Frustration

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In 2017, Gerry sat down with Dateline and detailed her granddaughter’s social life. “I told her to not go down that path. That there were other, bigger things she could do with her life,” she said. “She had her whole life ahead of her.”

“It’s just a horrible mess, and the things you hear just make you sick,” Gerry added. “I didn’t want to believe she was dead. It took me a while to accept that idea… Because of her race and age and the situation, no one seems to care. None of it means that she isn’t important. Every person is important, and that includes my granddaughter.”

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Evidence Against Flint Farmer

Police continue to build their case against Farmer, beginning with his jailhouse phone calls. In one, he reportedly told the person on the other like to keep quiet when Karena came up in conversation. In another chat, Farmer issued a similar warning and told the person Karena’s body wouldn’t be located.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Kokomo Police at 765-456-7017, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477, or their local authorities. The agency case number is 2016-06924. Anonymous tipsters may qualify for a reward.

Please share this story about Karena McClerkin. She is our sister, and her life matters.

Koko Perspective
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