Pair indicted on charges relating to missing persons case

By Whitney Burks | 

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two persons of interest in a Johnson County missing persons case are behind bars.

A grand jury indicted Willie Blanton, who is the son of missing Larry and Sandara Blanton, and his girlfriend Amanda Fannin on several charges Wednesday, and almost all of those charges are related to the couple's disappearance.

There are ten charges, eight for Willie Blanton and two for Amanda Fannin, both named as persons of interest in the disappearance of Willie's parents.

There has been no sign of the couple since early September, and police say their son and his girlfriend have been acting suspicious.

"Charges range from criminal possession of a forged instrument, as well as persistent felony offender, and fraudulent use of a food stamp card," said Johnson County Deputy David Pridemore.

They say the pair has been writing checks on the couple's bank account and repeatedly using their food stamp card since they went missing.

The sheriff and deputies say they are working tirelessly on the case, and they say even with all their suspicions Willie still maintains he had nothing to do with his parents' disappearance.

Willie declined a jailhouse interview Thursday, but he has told WYMT on multiple occasions that he is innocent.

"I've had people make accusations that I would do something to my parents when anybody that knows us around here, my mother's my best friend. I mean I've got pictures of her. It's been hard," he said in an interview on September 24.

But police say his actions since his parents' disappearance just do not add up.

"An investigation is never hopeless. We will pursue it til the end," said Pridemore.

Not hopeless, they say, but not looking good.

Willie Blanton was already in jail accused of pretending to be his dad to get a prescription filled. Amanda Fannin was also already in jail on drug related charges.

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