Hope held out for missing Madison County teen's safe return

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - During the vigil for missing teen, Brookelyn Farthing, dark skies hung over head, a symbol of the dark time that family and friends of the Madison County teen are feeling just five days after the she disappeared.

"We're lost. We don't know," said Farthing's sister, Tasha Thomas, "We just want her home. The not knowing, we're all at the point of crazy, we're going crazy."

Meanwhile the search for Farthing coming up empty, and that's not helping the family. Especially when the only evidence recovered is Farthing's luggage and purse, two things that her sister said Farthing would not have left behind.

"We just want her found, we don't care either way. Alive or dead. We just want her found," stated Thomas.

The missing teen has stirred the community and many of them rallied at Lake Reba to pray for the teen Wednesday evening.

"It's very hard. It keeps your mind wondering where she's at and if she's okay," described Ashley Harrison, a friend of Farthing's and the organizer of the vigil. "I was just sick of not doing anything, not helping Brooke, and I felt that I needed to get the community together and bring her home."

The message: hold out hope.

"God can answer any prayer there is," explained Harrison.

So consider this vigil the prayer of friends, like Harrison, and family members, and even the prayer from complete strangers.

"I don't know Brookelyn," said Ashley Riddell, "I have three children, and as a mother, if that was my three children I'd want everybody I know praying for her and looking for her. That's why I'm here."

"It's been really hard because we've all been so close and nobody knows what's been happened," added classmate Brydon Gill.

"Come home, all of us miss you," pled Harrison.

While the wind was too strong to keep the candles lit, it couldn't put out the passionate plea for a missing teen's return.

The family said there will be another vigil for Farthing at 8:30, Friday night, at the Pilot Knob Baptist Church, in Berea.

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