"The truth will come out in the end."
It was the 21st of June 2013. A Friday. Eighteen year old Brookelyn "Brooke" Farthing had a busy day ahead. That morning, she sat her driving test along with her sister Paige. Brooke had two sisters, Tasha and Paige and they lived in Berea, Kentucky, United States with their stepfather Randy and mother Shelby.
Brooke passed her test but Paige didn't and they both went to a restaurant to meet up with Tasha and their mother Shelby afterwards. After that, they all went to their grandfather's 70th Birthday party. The party was at their grandmother's house and Brooke stayed there for a while. She had another party to attend after that one and Brooke went to the second party with Paige and one of their cousins.
The second party was in a house off Red Lick Road. Paige and their cousin just stayed for a short time and left. Brooke stayed as her friends were there and she had taken an overnight bag with her. One of her friends told her she could stay the night at her house. But there was an argument between Brooke and her friend that night as her friend decided that she wanted to go to a man's house and Brooke didn't want to. So her friend left without Brooke.
One of Brooke's other friends was drunk and needed assistance to get home. A friend of Brooke's ex boyfriend told her she could use his car to drop him home. Brooke dropped him home and then drove the car back to the owner (name not officially released). At that stage, he was back in his own house on Dillon Court. The house was in foreclosure and there was no electricity or running water.
Brooke spoke to Paige in the early hours of the morning and told her she would be home as soon as she could get a lift. Their cousin could not collect Brooke as she had been drinking. She was in constant touch with family and friends making plans for the next day. But the tone of the texts changed at around 4am and Brooke asked a few people if they could collect her as she felt unsafe.
Brooke reached out to her ex boyfriend. She sent him a text message to ask him if he could collect her. Even though they were no longer in a relationship, they were still friends. He was at work when he received the text message but he told Brooke he would collect her when his shift finished. Brooke sent him another text and asked him to hurry as she was scared. His shift was due to finish between 6.30 am and 7am. But before his shift even finished, he received another text message from Brooke's phone at 5.30am. The text message told him not to worry as she was going to a party in Rockcastle.
Later that day, the 22nd of June, Brooke had plans to meet her family. When she still had not contacted them by 2pm that day they were worried and called several of her friends. They found out who she was staying with and called him. He gave two different stories about what happened. He initially told them that he didn't stay in the house as he was a friend of Brooke's ex boyfriend and felt uncomfortable staying there. He then told them that he was scared as all of her belongings were still in the house and when he returned to the house, it was on fire.
Brooke's family discovered that earlier that morning, at 7am, the owner of the house where Brooke had stayed reported a house fire at his residence.
When firefighters got there, they discovered the couch was on fire. The fire was extinguished before it destroyed the whole house. The couch was badly burned and the fire left a hole in the floor.
There was no sign of Brooke at the house but her belongings were there. Her overnight bag and cowboy boots were on the porch. Brooke's cell phone was missing. The owner told police that he had to leave to move some horses outside that morning at around 6am and Brooke was still at the house at that stage. He told police that the last time he saw her she was sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette. When he got back to the house an hour later, he saw the flames. He told police he had no idea where Brooke was.
A search took place in the area and fields surrounding the house. Cadaver dogs, divers and volunteers assisted in the search but nothing of value was found. Brooke's family and friends do not believe that Brooke ran away as there was no indication that she wanted to leave. Her ex boyfriend does not believe that the text message he received at 5.30am telling him not to worry as she was going to a party was from Brooke.
Furthermore the firefighters believed that the circumstances surrounding how the fire started was suspicious.
Police discovered that the last ping from Brooke's phone was from a tower in Blue Lick which is around 30 miles from where she was last seen.
To date, no trace of Brooke has been found. There are plenty of rumors in relation to this case but so far, police have not arrested anyway in connection with her disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding Brookelyn Farthing's whereabouts is asked to call Kentucky State Police at (859) 623-2404 or text a tip to 67283.
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"When someone just disappears for no reason, it's shocking, it's devastating. I just feel like my life stopped that day and I've just been in a tailspin ever since."
- Adam Vaughan, Janine's brother
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