Update: KSP Investigates If Suspicious Fire Linked To Missing Girl

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Updated: 6/24/2013 6:44 pm
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State Police in Madison County spent Monday morning investigating what investigators deemed a suspicious house fire.  The home is also the last place anybody saw a missing girl. 

Two neighbors say they would be shocked if the owner of the home had anything to do with Brookelyn Farthing's disappearance. 

Around 7 AM, a neighbor says the owner called in a fire.  State Police say an hour earlier at that home was the last time somebody saw 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing.  She is from Richmond. 

"We'd been told that she was just there to hang out," said Trooper Paul Blanton, Kentucky State Police.

Blanton says the home has had no electricity for the last two weeks.  Neighbors say the owner is a man in his early 20's, and in the process of moving out.

For about 5-hours Monday an arson investigator looked at the home to figure out how the fire started.  Meanwhile, detectives executed a search warrant, and collected evidence.  What Farthing left behind may be a clue.

"Some items that we believe she should've taken with her if she was leaving for any extended period," said Blanton. 

Blanton says KSP wants to figure out if the fire is connected to the missing person investigation.  As of now, Blanton says they are only linked, because the home is the last place somebody saw Farthing.

"Right now she's just missing, and hopefully that's what this will end up being, just a missing person's case.  If the detectives on the scene determine that it's needed, we would certainly look into a ground search," said Blanton.

The family searched for its loved one over the weekend, and handed out flyers.

If you have any information, State Police ask that you call them at (859) 623-2404, or toll free at (800) 222-5555.
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