OK FAITH LINDSEY: Missing from Pauls Valley, OK - 29 Oct 2019 - Age 17

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'It Just Wasn't Her': Okla. Teen Is Missing After Sister Received Misspelled Texts From Her Phone

Faith Lindsey, 17, of Pauls Valley, has been missing since early November
By KC Baker
November 25, 2019 04:39 PM

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Authorities are searching for an Oklahoma teen who’s been missing since early November.

On Nov. 4, the family of Faith Lindsey, 17, of Pauls Valley, reported her missing, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), local stations KXII, Oklahoma News 4 and The Shawnee News-Star report.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” her sister, Justice Lindsey, told Oklahoma News 4. “This isn’t like Faith at all.”

Lindsey was living with her boyfriend in Pauls Valley when she went missing, Justice told the station.

On Nov. 4, Lindsey’s boyfriend “texted me…saying that he can’t find her, she’s missing, freaking out,” Justice told News 4.

Shortly after, Justice started receiving texts from Faith’s phone with odd messages that just didn’t feel right, she says.

“She was misspelling a lot of things that night,” Justice told News 4. “She has very good punctuation and spelling, and that just wasn’t her.” Justice told News 4.

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"It makes my heart feel good to see people come out and help us out," said Jesse Lindsey, Faith’s grandfather.

Faith’s grandfather Jesse Lindsey said hasn’t been seen or heard from since October 29.

He said Faith was a 4.0 student who was shy but had a passion for helping people.

They last spoke two days before her disappearance.

"Now it went to a body search, kind of a different mood,” said Jesse.

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A charge for murder in the first degree, with a pre-mediated design was filed Friday against 24-year-old Tanner Washington for the murder of his girlfriend, 17-year-old Faith Lindsey.

Washington was arrested back on December 20, on a first-degree murder warrant.

“Ultimately we ended up with enough probable cause that the DA and a judge signed off on a first-degree murder arrest warrant,” said Brook Arbeitman with the OSBI.

According to newly obtained court documents, between October 27 and October 28 by unlawfully and with malice Washington caused the death of Faith Lindsey by inflicting certain mortal wounds on her from which she died.

Right now, Washington is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail with no bond.
 

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Sister of missing Oklahoma teen warns others about potentially fatal outcomes of domestic violence​

It’s been nearly a year since Faith Lindsey went missing from Pauls Valley. The 17-year-old, presumed murdered by her boyfriend, Tanner Washington, although her body has yet to be found.

Faith’s sister, Justice, said not having that closure of knowing what happened has left her haunted.

“It’s a hard time because not knowing where she’s at, not knowing if she’s still here or if she’s gone,” said Justice. “We don’t know.”

Justice said the family did not agree with the teen’s relationship with Washington, even before the alleged abuse started.

“We tried and tried to get her away from him,” said Justice. “She was so young. She didn’t realize. She didn’t know what love was, really, and she thought she loved him.”

The so-called love stemming from a promising beginning…

“He spoiled her, bought her all kinds of things, but there was the domestic violence,” said Justice. “I believe he went to jail once or twice, someone called the cops or she called the cops for him hitting on her. The thing is, I think he would do that and then try to make it up to her. That’s why she would stick around. She wasn’t used to getting spoiled the way he did to her.”

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA director, Deborah Shipman, said this problem is common among Native Americans, Faith being of Chickasaw heritage.

“About one in seven native women are murdered, and murder is the number two cause of death for a native woman,” said Shipman. “That’s unacceptable.”

The group is actively helping Faith’s family as they navigate Washington’s trial, which has been postponed due to the pandemic, but could also be affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the McGirt decision, which calls for crimes involving Native Americans on tribal land be tried in tribal court.

While Faith’s family awaits closure, Justice shares a message to women and younger girls who are also victims of domestic violence.

“Don’t let your pride get in the way or don’t be embarrassed about it, because my sister, she’s missing. We don’t know what happened to her because of this. It lead up to this,” said Justice. “So many girls go missing every day just because they don’t leave or other situations in domestic violence. It did lead up to this.”

Justice said her family is planning a candlelight vigil for Faith and other victims of domestic violence, as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They are working out the logistics due to the coronavirus pandemic and still need to get it approved by the City of Ada, Faith’s hometown.
 

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This is the entire article. No details. Can't find anything else about a search.... There is a vigil tomorrow, though.

Full-blown search underway for missing Oklahoma teen​

A search is underway for missing Oklahoma teen, Faith Lindsey, per Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA director, Deborah Shipman.

Lindsey went missing from Pauls Valley in November 2019. The 17-year-old presumed murdered by her boyfriend, Tanner Washington, although her body has yet to be found.

A vigil will be held in Lindsey’s honor on Saturday, November 14 from 12-2 p.m. in Ada, her hometown. It will mark one year since she disappeared.
 

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Faith Lindsey hasn’t been seen since October 28, 2019, at her Pauls Valley, Oklahoma home where the 17-year-old lived with her boyfriend, Tanner Washington. Her sister, Justice Lindsey, told Dateline she received texts from Faith’s boyfriend stating that he couldn’t find her. A short time later, she received text messages from Faith’s phone she said were misspelled and did not make any sense. Faith was reported missing by family members on November 4, 2019. In December 2019, the Del City Police arrested 24-year-old Tanner Washington on a first-degree murder charge in connection with her murder. The investigation is still open and ongoing as the OSBI works to locate Faith’s body. The OSBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the location of her body. She was described as 5’2”, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She had a tattoo on her abdomen of a key with the initials JL and SM, and a cross tattoo on her thumb. If you know something about Faith’s disappearance, or if you saw something unusual or suspicious around the time she vanished, please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov.
 

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New tribal law drops murder charge​

An accused killer of a missing Pauls Valley teenager presumed dead won't be facing a murder charge in a state court because of Native American connections to the case.

The murder charge against Tanner Washington, 26, was dismissed this week in a Pontotoc County court because of two high court rulings that say it's the Native American tribes, not the state of Oklahoma, that has the jurisdiction to prosecute cases like this one.

Washington is accused of killing 17-year-old Faith Lindsey of Pauls Valley. Lindsay, who has been missing since 2019 and believed dead even though no body has ever been recovered, was a member of a recognized tribe possessing a quantum of Indian blood.

Washington has been ordered to stay in jail for 30 days to see if the murder case will be moved to federal or tribal court.
 

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New tribal law drops murder charge​

An accused killer of a missing Pauls Valley teenager presumed dead won't be facing a murder charge in a state court because of Native American connections to the case.

The murder charge against Tanner Washington, 26, was dismissed this week in a Pontotoc County court because of two high court rulings that say it's the Native American tribes, not the state of Oklahoma, that has the jurisdiction to prosecute cases like this one.

Washington is accused of killing 17-year-old Faith Lindsey of Pauls Valley. Lindsay, who has been missing since 2019 and believed dead even though no body has ever been recovered, was a member of a recognized tribe possessing a quantum of Indian blood.

Washington has been ordered to stay in jail for 30 days to see if the murder case will be moved to federal or tribal court.
Are you kidding me?? So we have a county brave enough to prosecute without a body with enough circumstantial evidence and now this?? That's not to say tribal jurisdiction may not proceed with the case just as strongly but I also would not count on it until we see it. That could go either way...
 

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New tribal law drops murder charge​

An accused killer of a missing Pauls Valley teenager presumed dead won't be facing a murder charge in a state court because of Native American connections to the case.

The murder charge against Tanner Washington, 26, was dismissed this week in a Pontotoc County court because of two high court rulings that say it's the Native American tribes, not the state of Oklahoma, that has the jurisdiction to prosecute cases like this one.

Washington is accused of killing 17-year-old Faith Lindsey of Pauls Valley. Lindsay, who has been missing since 2019 and believed dead even though no body has ever been recovered, was a member of a recognized tribe possessing a quantum of Indian blood.

Washington has been ordered to stay in jail for 30 days to see if the murder case will be moved to federal or tribal court.
What about FAITH!???????????

I'm angry!
 

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Are you kidding me?? So we have a county brave enough to prosecute without a body with enough circumstantial evidence and now this?? That's not to say tribal jurisdiction may not proceed with the case just as strongly but I also would not count on it until we see it. That could go either way...
I imagine it will be similar to how federal crimes are handled.
Doesn't mean that her murder won't be charged and go to court, just that it has to be done by a different system.
Not ideal by any means, since they were already moving forward with the case and this will be a setback. But kind of understandable, IMO. Most tribes and reservations have their own law enforcement and laws and are handled through the tribe or federally.
Here's a bit more info:

 

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I imagine it will be similar to how federal crimes are handled.
Doesn't mean that her murder won't be charged and go to court, just that it has to be done by a different system.
Not ideal by any means, since they were already moving forward with the case and this will be a setback. But kind of understandable, IMO. Most tribes and reservations have their own law enforcement and laws and are handled through the tribe or federally.
Here's a bit more info:

I sure hope so. One would think something would be heard before too long if another agency is going to proceed.
 

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*(not directly related to this case however it may help cases like this get pushed into the proper courts for justice to be served)
 

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Everybody take a deep breath. The murder charges are back.

Stratford man in federal custody after charged for allegedly murdering girlfriend​

26-year-old Tanner Washington is federally charged for supposedly murdering his 17-year-old girlfriend, Faith Lindsey in 2019.


Court documents show Washington tried to seek the McGirt ruling, which states that Oklahoma district attorneys have no jurisdiction in tribal crimes committed to or against tribal citizens.

But Pontotoc District Attorney Paul Smith said the federal government picked up his case, and said Washington will remain in federal custody in the Pittsburg County Jail in McAlester.

Smith said Washington has been charged for murder in Indian Country. He is due in court via video conference on May 17, 2021 at 10 a.m.
 

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