Family of missing teen to hold benefit

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — The family a missing woman from central Kentucky are planning a fundraiser to raise donations earmarked to help pay for the search for their missing loved one.

Tasha Thomas says her daughter, 18-year-old Brookelyn Shae Farthing, wouldn't have just disappeared. Thomas told The Richmond Register (http://bit.ly/11TnRFI) the family wants to use donations to pay for T-shirts, a billboard and for flyers to distribute to help in the search.

Farthing was last seen in Berea on June 22 at a house that burned down later that night. Kentucky State Police have been searching for her since. Troopers recently asked landowners in several central and eastern Kentucky counties to search their property for any signs of disturbed land or foul odors.

The Hog Trough in Richmond, is scheduled to host an Aug. 3 benefit. The goal is to raise $2,000 for a reward in exchange for information that leads to finding the missing teen.

"We just want her home," Thomas said through tears. "Our family is breaking down.... We don't know where our sister is. Our mom doesn't know where her daughter is. We don't know what to do."

In the weeks after her disappearance, search teams led by law enforcement scoured the wooded regions in the Big Hill/Red Lick area near the home.

Although no active searches are in progress, Thomas asked that those who want to search on their own contact the Kentucky State Police for a list of areas already explored.

Event organizer Stephanie Parke said the idea is to keep Farthing's name in the public eye.

"If it were my child, I would want the support and love from my community as well," Parke said.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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