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IN KARENA McCLERKIN: Missing from Kokomo, IN - 11 October 2016 - Age 18

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by Kimster, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Karena McClerkin was reported missing on October 13, 2016 after last being seen on October 11. The 18-year-old was reportedly walking in the 1000 block of South Washington Street just south of Kokomo, Indiana’s downtown area. Little is known about the events leading to her disappearance. Karena’s grandmother told Dateline that somewhere along the line, Karena had gotten involved with a number of substance abuse issues, and had been hanging out with an older crowd. However, Karena had spoken about the possibility of going to a rehabilitation facility in Florida that a girl she knew had told her about. She had begun filling out the paperwork when she disappeared. Kokomo Police confirm this is still an active and open case. Anyone with information regarding Karena’s case is urged to contact the Kokomo Police Department at (765) 457-1105.


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  2. Imamazed

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    Father pleads for help finding missing daughter

    Many people are praying, sharing fliers with information or using the social media hashtag #BringKarenaHome, but 18-year-old Karena McClerkin is still missing.McClerkin went missing from the 1000 block of S. Washington Street in Kokomo. She was last seen Oct. 11.

    Her father, James McClerkin, has been searching tirelessly since then.

    "I just need answers," he said. "I just need people to talk. It's not snitching -- trying to help find a kid."
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    ‘Never Forget’ ride brings awareness to unsolved cases

    “There are so many people a week that come up missing within the United States. The numbers are crazy. It’s really bad, and I know we have several cases here in Kokomo just in the last 10 years of unsolved murders and missing people,” Pelfree said.

    The most recent missing person was Karena McClerkin, 19, who went missing on Oct. 11, 2016, and has yet to be found. She was last seen in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.

    To raise awareness to cases such as these, Pelfree and Douglas started a ride three years ago called the “Never Forget” ride. The ride also aims to remember these people in a positive light and keep them at the forefront of people’s minds. That way, he said, maybe someday someone will say something.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    $50,000 reward offered to help find missing Kokomo teen

    The family of a Kokomo teen missing for nearly two years has offered a $50,000 reward to help find her.

    "Not knowing now if she is alive and walking around or being used for other things is really hard," said James McClerkin, Karena's father.

    In addition to the reward, the McClerkin family has enlisted the services of four licensed private investigators who are donating their time to help: Charlotte Kiline from Missouri, William Sowder from Michigan, John Underhill from Missouri and Scott Ianson from Kokomo.

    Scott Ianson says an inmate claims to have information about the missing teen.

    "This person is currently incarcerated in the Howard County Jail. That person believes they know what happened to Karena. That is the information they are submitting to us, yes," said Ianson.

    Karena's father admits she had drug addiction issues, but he hopes the private investigators and the reward will lead to her whereabouts.

    "It has to lead to a full closure on the case. It has to be people getting sentenced. Convictions have to happen. She has to be turned up. It can't go lingering where she has gone. It has to be a closed-out case 100 percent," said John McClerkin.

    Kokomo police say they are still following leads.

    "We have not given up, no, not a cold case. This is not a cold case. We are actively continuing this investigation, and we are working on this investigation every day," said Capt. Brian Seldon, Kokomo Police Department.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Two years ago Karena McClerkin disappeared, and questions linger in the wake of the then-18-year-old’s vanishing.

    Oct. 11 marks the two-year anniversary since McClerkin last was seen in Kokomo. That evening she was reported walking on the 1000 block of South Washington Street. At the time she wore a black half top and ripped denim jeans. Now, her family members don’t know where she is, what she’s wearing, or even if she’s alive. They also don’t want the community to forget about her.

    “Businesses are taking her picture down,” said Marlana Smith, McClerkin’s mother. “It’s been two years. I run into people all the time in Kokomo that don’t even know she’s been missing two years. It’s weird to me. As small as Kokomo is, you don’t even know she’s missing? It’s heartbreaking.”

    But just as the case frustrated local law enforcement, so too has it proven difficult for private investigators despite early optimism. Since three private investigators from outside the state began their work, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whomever may be responsible for McClerkin’s disappearance, no arrests have been made. Since then, the private investigators passed the case to a local private eye, Scott Ianson of 360 Investigations. He too, despite pursuing multiple leads, has been unable to unearth the truth of the disappearance.

    “From what I’m finding, I’ve talked to dozens of people who claim to have information,” said Ianson. “Unfortunately, that information seemed to be circulating primarily through people that are deeply in the drug culture here. It’s just, basically, rumors circulating around and around and around.

    “I’ve been to the jail and done interviews with a pretty good handful of people, a couple few of them on more than one occasion. The information that seems to be getting thrown around is primarily generated by a rumor mill that’s been coming from the jail and in and out of it. I have chased a bunch of it down, none the less, but it’s just not gaining traction.”

    That led Ianson, a former law enforcement officer, to the current state of his investigation. At this point, he said he’s exhausted the list of those who have come forward claiming to have valuable information concerning McClerkin’s vanishing. Now, he’s left hoping for new leads.

    “Instead of talking to the same people over and over again I’m trying to find new sources that might have more direct [knowledge],” said Ianson. “I don’t think I’ll get more firsthand information, but at least something more directed to it. That’s kind of where it’s at.”

    As KPD and private investigators hope for new leads, Smith echoed the frustration exuded by Ianson.

    McClerkin’s mother is confident someone, somewhere knows what happened to her daughter. She hopes they’ll share the truth.

    “Somebody can be here, and in the blink of an eye they’re gone,” said Smith. “Even in small towns like Kokomo … for somebody to know nothing, with nobody coming forward, it’s just weird. Somebody knows something, and we just pray that eventually somebody comes forward.”

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    On her 21st birthday, family of missing Kokomo girl serves meal to community

    Published: Sep 27th, 2019 - 12:22am (EDT)
    Updated: Sep 27th, 2019 - 12:56am (EDT)

    KOKOMO - The family of a Kokomo woman who has been missing for nearly 3 years is celebrating her birthday by giving back to others.

    On Thursday, Karena McClerkin's loved ones served meals to people in Foster Park.

    McClerkin would have turned 21 on Thursday. She was reported missing on October 11, 2016.

    Police say it is still an active missing person case. If you have information that could help, call police.
  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Three years gone: Family of Karena McClerkin continues to seek closure after her 2016 disappearance

    It’s been three years since a Kokomo woman disappeared, and her family intends to mark the anniversary of her disappearance right where she was last seen.

    On Oct. 11, 2016, then 18-year-old Karena McClerkin was last seen walking in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. Three years to the day later, on Friday, her family will hold an event where those who gather will walk right over the Kokomo-woman’s last known whereabouts. The goal, they said, is to ensure she’s not forgotten as they hold out hope that someone, somewhere will tell them what happened to Karena.

    As the reward remains on the table, the remembrance walk for Karena is slated to be held between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday. Gerry asked that those hoping to attend the walk will gather at the Dollar General at the intersection of Markland Avenue and Washington Street at 5 p.m. Then attendees will walk in the alley behind the nearby Little Caesars, where Gerry said Karena was last seen.

    According to a Kokomo Police Department representative, Karena’s case remains active. Anyone with information relating to the case is encouraged to contact KPD at 765-457-1105.

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