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Heavily redacted court documents released Tuesday morning into the 2016 disappearance of 18-year-old Karena McClerkin have helped piece together the connection between the then-teenage girl and a Kokomo man.

Nearly six years after McClerkin disappeared, police arrested Flint Vincent Farmer, 57, on Monday. He faces a charge of murder, a felony 1, for his alleged involvement in the case, according to court documents. He is currently being held without bail at the Howard County Jail.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard County Superior Court 2, relatives say they dropped McClerkin off at an apartment on the 1000 block of South Washington Street — associated with Farmer — on October 11, 2016.

McClerkin was reported missing two days later.

The exact relationship between Farmer and McClerkin was not detailed in court records.

Heavily redacted court documents released Tuesday morning reconstruct the first days and hours following McClerkin’s disappearance.

About a week after McClerkin disappeared, an unidentified man told authorities that Farmer and McClerkin spent time at the man’s apartment on Oct. 11, 2016, court documents show.

Farmer and McClerkin then left together, according to the man’s interview as the affidavit points out, and he thought they were going back to Farmer’s apartment.

Around 10 p.m. that same evening, according to court documents, Farmer and McClerkin were seen on surveillance footage in Village Pantry near the intersection of Markland Avenue and Washington Street, where they spent about 30 minutes before finally leaving. .

Other unidentified people also told police they saw McClerkin with Farmer that evening, and possibly even inside his apartment, court records show.

One person told police they believed they saw a person “covered up and lying down” on the floor of Farmer.

Farmer reportedly denied the allegation that McClerkin was inside his apartment when police went to visit him shortly after McClerkin was declared missing, according to court documents.

Police were allowed to look inside Farmer’s apartment at this time, but McClerkin was not found.

Then, in July 2018, investigators began reviewing phone call records dating back to November 2016, when Farmer was in the Howard County Jail on an unrelated matter.

During a phone call, evidenced in the affidavit, authorities said Farmer looked “nervous and scared,” telling the person on the other end of the phone line that “they’re trying to have it for everything” and that “the whole world is going crazy.”

Farmer also reportedly said that everything was “about to get really ugly.”

Over the next three years, detectives continued to speak with witnesses and comb through any additional evidence related to McClerkin’s disappearance.

Then, in August 2021, police obtained additional information related to the case, although they did not state publicly what that information was.

Much of this information is also redacted from the probable cause affidavit, but two witness statements provided to police detailed what was described as a “struggle” or “fight” coming from Farmer’s apartment in the night of October 11, 2016. .

These two individuals also told police they heard what sounded like a person “gasping” or “groaning”.

It may have been this additional information that brought authorities back to the apartment last month, where they were searching a garage detached from the property for any evidence related to the case.

During this research, according to court records, Luminol was used, which is a water-based solution capable of detecting blood that has been diluted up to 10,000 times.

Luminol test results revealed blood on the floor just inside the service door of the detached garage, according to court documents, as well as in three other areas.

These samples were collected and provided to the Indiana State Police lab for further testing, and it was not stated in the affidavit whether these results came back yet.

For nearly six years now, McClerkin’s family and friends have been wondering what happened the night they say the teenager was dropped off at Farmer’s apartment, and there are still elements of the story. case that investigators have not made public.

However, the news of Farmer’s arrest brings them a little closer, according to McClerkin’s sister, Atia.

“For years, I didn’t want anything,” she told the Tribune on Monday night. “Not the news we wanted to hear, but at least we’re on our way to bringing Ka’Rena home. … It was all so unexpected.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Richard Benzinger at 765-456-7324 or [email protected] You can also contact the KPD hotline at 765-456-7017 or Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS.

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