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Episode 68

MISSING: Lashaya Stine and Brookelyn Farthing

September 21, 2020   Tags: , ,
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Paul and Billy look into two separate missing person cases this week. The first, 16-year-old Lashaya Stine left her home in Aurora, Colorado on July 16, 2016 around 2 AM. Her mother believes she went out to meet someone but she never returned home. The second, 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing went to a party in Berea, Kentucky. She was in contact with family and friends until the early morning hours of June 22, 2013 before texting "I'm scared."  

The Circumstances of Lashaya's Disappearance:
In 2016, 16-year-old Lashaya Stine was an honor roll student at George Washington High School. She had plans to become a nurse with a strong desire to help people, and had already lined up an internship with the University of Chicago hospital to pursue that dream. 
 
Lashaya was looking forward to a job interview on July 16, 2016. Her mother Sabrina Jones went to bed that night with plans to wake Lashaya with plenty of time to get ready. Lashaya was still awake and so were her younger brothers. Around 2 AM Lashaya went into her younger brothers’ room to tell them to go to bed or she was going to tell their mom. 
 
With the threat, they went to sleep and Lashaya shut their door. Soon after getting her brothers to go to sleep, Lashaya left the house. Her family believes she was meeting someone she had met online. She left her clothes and her wallet at the house. At 2:23 AM, she can be seen on a surveillance camera near a bus stop at Peoria Street and Montview Boulevard.
The next morning Sabrina went in to wake up Lashaya, but she wasn’t in her bed. Her window was open. She tried her cell phone to reach her. It went straight to voicemail. Sabrina could see all of her daughter’s clothes, her wallet and phone charger. Lashaya had never run away or even discussed it. Sabrina knew something was wrong. She gathered up friends and family and they began to search the neighborhood. There was no sign of Lashaya. 
 
Sabrina called the police to file a missing persons report. The police took the report, but they initially thought--as often happens with people in this age group--that Lashaya was a runaway. However, it didn’t take long to realize this was a mistake. Upon learning more about Lashaya, it became clear this was out of character. 
 
Law enforcement interviewed all of Lashaya’s friends and her ex-boyfriend. None of them had heard from her. Even more telling? The 16-year-old had ceased posting to any of her social media accounts. 
 
Once law enforcement made calls to the community to try and find Lashaya, tips came in. Most claiming she was a victim of sex trafficking. Many people called in tips claiming to have seen Lashaya leaving and coming at hotels in the area known to have sex workers. But every time the police arrived it was either too late or mistaken identity.
 
Tips have continued to come in, but the frequency, now four years later, has dwindled. The FBI is the current investigating agency because it is believed she has crossed state lines with her captor--specifically into Kansas, Wyoming, Arizona, Missouri area and other parts of Colorado. There is currently a $15,000 reward for information of Lashaya’s whereabouts.

The Circumstances Behind Brookelyn's Disappearance:
On June 21st, 2013 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing made plans with her sister Paige and her cousin to go to a party after taking her driver’s test earlier in the day and attending her PawPaw’s 70th birthday party. he outgoing, blonde teenager and her companions were attending a house party on Red Lick Road in Berea, Kentucky, about 40 miles southeast of Lexington. 
 
Around 8 PM, Brookelyn’s sister and cousin were ready to leave the party. But Brookelyn decided to stay with a girlfriend. She had planned earlier to stay with this friend, even packing an overnight bag. But the best laid plans changed when Brookelyn’s friend decided to stay the night with a guy. The two friends argued, ending with the friend leaving Brookelyn alone at the party. 
 
According to some witnesses a male friend had too much drink and had asked for a ride home. But Brooke was car-less. A man who was friend’s with her ex-fiance said he would drive the two, to take the guy home.  Brookelyn took him up on the offer.
 
After dropping the young man off, the man drove Brookelyn to his home on Dillon Court. The house was in foreclosure and had no electricity or plumbing. The owner, if you can call him that, said he left the house around 4 AM to go check on the horses. When he left, he said Brookelyn was sitting on the couch, in a gray Madison County Future Farmers of America t-shirt and light denim blue shorts, smoking a cigarette. 
 
Around 4 AM Brookelyn called her sister Paige to come and get her. But Paige hadn’t passed her driver’s test and didn’t feel comfortable driving out to get her sister. She was also texting friends making plans for later on the 22nd to attend a car show. 
 
Brookelyn then contacted her ex-fiance to give her a ride home. He told her he would be able to pick her up around 7 AM when his work shift was over. But at the time Brookelyn didn’t seem in danger. Then he received a different series of text. The first one at 4:26 AM said, “Please hurry.” Followed with “I’m scared.” Then “Hurry.”

But then at 5:30 AM, the alarm of the earlier text messages were gone. Brookelyn texted “Never mind, I'm okay. I'm going to a party in Rockcastle County.” Her ex texted back asking who she was going with, but he never got a reply. Assuming she was fine, he went home when he got off work.
 
Around 7 that morning, the homeowner--a man named Joshua Hensley--returned to the house where he’d left Brookelyn on the couch. He said when he pulled up, his house was on fire. He called the fire department to report the fire but didn’t mention anyone could be in the house. 
 
The fire department was able to put out the flames before the house was destroyed. The sofa Brookelyn had been sitting on was burned down to the frame, creating a hole in the floor. Brookelyn was nowhere to be found. Her overnight bag, purse and cowboy boots were at the home. Her boots were the only shoes she had with her. The only item that disappeared with Brookelyn was her phone. 

Family and friends attempted to reach Brookelyn but her phone went straight to voicemail. Authorities requested her location information. It had pinged over 30 miles away in Blue Lick, Kentucky. Blue Lick is in Lincoln County, not Rockcastle. The phone was turned off after that ping.

ASSIGNMENT:
16-year-old Lashaya Stine hasn’t been seen since July 16th, 2016. She has a scar the size of a quarter on her chest. At the time of her disappearance she was 150 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches. She is black, with black hair styled at the time in cornrows and brown eyes. She would be twenty years old now. She may be wearing a wig. On the day she disappeared she was wearing a black V-neck t-shirt, black stonewash jeans, silver hoop earrings, and a silver watch on her left arm.
 
18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing hasn’t been seen since the early morning hours of June 22nd, 2013. She is a white female, 5 feet 1 inch. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray Madison County FFA T-shirt and denim shorts. 
 
The family has posted a $14K reward for information leading to the return of Brookelyn or the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her disappearance. She would be 26 now.
 
It is always important to note these cases, other than two teenagers missing, are not connected or related. We still need to find both of these young women.
 
If you have any information on either case, please contact us.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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