IN KARENA McCLERKIN: Missing from Kokomo, IN - 11 Oct 2016 - Age 18 *Found Deceased**ARREST*

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Karena McClerkin was last seen on October 11, 2016. The 18-year-old was reportedly walking in the 1000 block of South Washington Street just south of Kokomo, Indiana’s downtown area. She was reported missing two days later. Little is known about the events leading to Karena’s disappearance. Her grandmother told Dateline that somewhere along the line, Karena had gotten involved with a number of substance abuse issues, and had been hanging out with an older crowd. However, Karena had allegedly spoken about the possibility of going to a rehabilitation facility in Florida. Family says she had begun filling out the paperwork when she disappeared. On September 26, 2020, Karena’s 22nd birthday, the Kokomo Police Department reminded the public that her case remains an active investigation and theycontinueto seek assistance from the community. “In the past four years, KPD investigators have pursued numerous leads and tips, but the case remains open. This investigation is ongoing, as we still continue to search for Karena McClerkin. KPD investigators believe this investigation can be resolved and ask that if you know something, say something,” according to a release from the Kokomo Police Department. Anyone with information regarding Karena’s case is urged to contact Sergeant Richard Benzinger at 456-7324 or the Kokomo Police Department at (765) 457-1105.
 

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“She was a beautiful soul,” said Ka’rena’s grandmother, Jerry McClerkin.

Ka’Rena was last seen in the 1000 block of South Washington Street in Kokomo in October of 2016.

While no one has heard from her since, her family and police aren’t giving up hope.

“It’s torn this family to pieces,” Jerry said.
 

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From the article above... I just found this so sad. :(

Karena's family and friends want more done to find her. Gerry said the family wants both the police department and community to step up.

"Why only remember her two days out of the year when everybody else is getting national coverage? Karena existed. She was not our imagination," Gerry said.
 

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From the article above... I just found this so sad. :(

Karena's family and friends want more done to find her. Gerry said the family wants both the police department and community to step up.

"Why only remember her two days out of the year when everybody else is getting national coverage? Karena existed. She was not our imagination," Gerry said.
I’ve heard this from families of the missing before. The only time they get any press coverage in their local communities is the “anniversary date” of when their beloved went missing. And they say this is no anniversary, it’s sadness beyond words!
 

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Indiana teacher creates missing persons website to help loved ones find answers​

Gabby Petito's disappearance re-opened wounds for loved ones of other missing persons whose stories didn't garner the same attention and exposed racial disparities with missing person cases.

For those who have lived this reality for years, the question now is how to keep the momentum going to keep their loved ones' names and stories in the public eye.

Find My Beloved gives loved ones of people who are missing, resources and a way to quickly spread the word in the first 48 hours, which is such a crucial time in the investigation.


Loved ones can post info and real-time updates to the site. But one of the most important components, Anderson-Sweat explained, is making the site accessible for people in their community, who can submit tips and find support.

"A loved one who is in that situation, they feel like their hands are tied," Anderson-Sweat said. "It is the most helpless feeling that a person could have."

That's a feeling Gerry McClerkin knows all too well. The Kokomo grandmother has been tirelessly searching for answers in her granddaughter's disappearance for five years now.

"She was a kid, she just turned 18 on Sept. 26 and went missing Oct. 11," McClerkin said while clutching photos of her granddaughter Karena.

Karena McClerkin was last seen walking down the 1000 block of South Washington Street near downtown Kokomo, police said. Despite her efforts to keep Karena's story relevant, Gerry said it's disheartening that so many people in the surrounding community still don't know Karena's name.
 

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This case needs attention and the search video I am going to post next is well worth watching. They did not find her but there is a lot of info in the video as to LE and AWP worked hard even in mud and swamp to do the searches they had time for.



MEDIA - KARENA McCLERKIN: Missing from Kokomo, IN since 11 Oct 2016 - Age 18
So sad. Someone so young getting involved in drugs and the wrong crowd. Not knowing they are putting themselves in danger.
 

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So sad. Someone so young getting involved in drugs and the wrong crowd. Not knowing they are putting themselves in danger.
Yes, the cases deserve the same attention as all but it is a riskier lifestyle no doubt. As the profilers say, there is low risk (like a stay at home mom) to high risk (drugs/wrong crowd, etc.). It likely makes them harder to solve as well.

How often with a stay at home mom because her circle is not big nor dangerous, it is the husband for instance... It is usually not her soccer mom bunch nor her church ladies who end up being the perp...

Karena does have family members trying to get and keep attention on her case that love her. That is a bonus.
 

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Kokomo man accused of murdering 18-year-old woman missing since 2016​

An arrest has been made in the disappearance of an 18-year-old Kokomo woman who walked into a house in October 2016 and was never seen by friends and family again.

Flint Vincent Farmer, 57, of Kokomo was arrested at a residence in the 600 block of South Purdum by the Kokomo Police Department around 1 p.m. on Monday and charged with one count of murder.

According to the Kokomo Police Department, Farmer is accused of murdering 18-year-old Karena McClerkin who was last seen on Oct. 11, 2016.

Police haven’t revealed the details in the break in the investigation that lead investigators to Farmer.
 

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Police believe remains found in Miami County are those of Kokomo woman reported missing in 2016​

Investigators believe they’ve found the remains of an 18-year-old Kokomo woman who disappeared in 2016.

During a news conference Wednesday, Kokomo Police Chief Doug Stout said investigators discovered skeletal remains in Miami County during a search of a rural area on Tuesday. The remains are believed to be those of Karena McClerkin, who was last seen on Oct. 11, 2016.

The remains have been transported to Fort Wayne for positive identification. McClerkin’s family has been contacted.

Police announced the arrest of 57-year-old Flint Farmer this week. He was taken into custody Monday afternoon. Additional arrests are anticipated, according to Stout.
 

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Police believe remains found in Miami County are those of Kokomo woman reported missing in 2016​

Investigators believe they’ve found the remains of an 18-year-old Kokomo woman who disappeared in 2016.

During a news conference Wednesday, Kokomo Police Chief Doug Stout said investigators discovered skeletal remains in Miami County during a search of a rural area on Tuesday. The remains are believed to be those of Karena McClerkin, who was last seen on Oct. 11, 2016.

The remains have been transported to Fort Wayne for positive identification. McClerkin’s family has been contacted.

Police announced the arrest of 57-year-old Flint Farmer this week. He was taken into custody Monday afternoon. Additional arrests are anticipated, according to Stout.
Happy to hear this although it is always bittersweet isn't it as now the family knows she without a doubt is gone.

This case seemed to be one not getting the attention or investigation it needed if I recall but maybe they were working on it all along OR something broke or pressure brought new efforts.

I think I have the right case in that I believe it was Karena's grandma who kept trying and in fact I think Adventures with Purpose did some searches for her/the family. She brought attention to it a year(?) or two ago for sure. It seemed to be one where nothing was being done or the family informed, again if I recall correctly, and maybe because as with many, Karena was an an adult and I think had some drug issues.

So happy that there are answers now for the family and maybe efforts were being made all along, hard to say.

Or someone of those involved broke or someone they knew "ratted".

Interesting it says additional arrests are anticipated... I hope they get and fry all who had anything to do with the death of this young woman.
 

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Remains found in Miami County are those of 18-year-old Karena McClerkin missing from Kokomo since 2016​

Kokomo Police confirmed remains found in rural Miami County in July are those of missing 18-year-old Karena McClerkin. The Kokomo teenager had been missing since October 2016.

In July, police arrested 57-year-old Flint Vincent Farmer in connection with her murder.


The specific cause and manner of death is still being examined and a report pending by the Miami County Coroner’s Office and forensic scientists.

DNA testing was provided to the Kokomo Police Department on Aug. 5, and it confirmed the remains as belonging to Karena McClerkin.
 

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