Brookelyn Farthing still missing one year later; fundraiser to be held

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - One year ago this weekend a woman disappeared from a Madison County home and despite intense searches by police, fundraisers and pleas for help from her family --- there's still no sign of Brookelyn Farthing.

For the mother and stepfather of 19-year-old Brookelyn, it's been a year measured in unsuccessful searches, in candlelight vigils in unanswered questions.

“There are no words to say when your daughter leaves and you don't have her anymore,” said Shelby Farthing Walker, Brookelyn’s mother.

“I thought within a few weeks we would know, and then it became a few months then a year,” said Brookelyn’s stepfather, Randal Walker.

“Still a year later, our biggest problem is that no one is speaking out.”

Even in the fog of their frustration and at points, desperation, Brookelyn's parents have held strong. They’ve consistently held benefits to raise reward money for information to find Brookelyn.

The next fundraiser will take place this Sunday, a year to the day of Brookelyn's disappearance.

Along with the entertainment, live music and auctions, the Farthings also wanted to make sure the event offered information on preventing child abductions.

“For us it’s a way of giving back too. It helps me know that someone else won't have to go through what I’ve had to go through.”

While the approaching one year anniversary dredges up difficult emotions for them, Brookelyn's parents still remain hopeful that next year will be measured in answers.
The fundraiser will take place Sunday afternoon from 1-5 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond.

If you would like to donate to the search effort for Brookelyn Farthing, you can do so at the People’s Bank location in Berea and Richmond.

If you would like to donate to the upcoming fundraiser on the one year anniversary, send an email to:

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