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Search for suspected rapist in Harlan County

A convicted rapist in Michigan is now wanted in Harlan County.

U.S. Marshals are searching for Bryan Preston Farmer who was once convicted of rape and served 20 years in prison.

U.S. Marshals started looking Monday for Farmer who was seen just days ago in Harlan.

He was wearing a baseball hat and a dark Old Navy jacket with a hood and his hair is dyed red.

Folks in Harlan County are on their toes knowing a man wanted for rape is nearby.

"I'm going to be watching very, very close," said Angela Adkins, a mother in Harlan County.

Just weeks after serving a 20 year sentence, police say 48-year-old Farmer is wanted again for raping a child.

"It's sickening really. I mean anybody that would mess with a kid is just sickening," said Brandon Moses, who lives in Harlan County.

"It's scary. As a mom, it's real scary," said Adkins.

Farmer is from Michigan, but has family in Harlan County where officials have received tips on Farmer's location.

"There is concrete information that he has been in Harlan since basically the past week and a half and that he is still there right now," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Craig Smith.

Parents in the area are holding onto their little ones a bit tighter hoping the man is once again off the streets soon.

U.S. Marshals say they believe Farmer is armed with a knife.

Law enforcement officials are encouraging anyone with information connected to this man to call local police or the U.S. Marshal's office at (859) 410-8034.


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