Police in Indiana arrested a man in connection to a teenager who went missing over five years ago, authorities said.
On July 18, police in Kokomo took Flint Vincent Farmer, 57, into custody and charged him with the murder of 18-year-old Karena McClerkin.
The following day, officials announced they believe they had found McClerkin’s skeletal remains in Miami County, WXIN reported.
According to court documents, McClerkin was last seen on Oct. 11, 2016, at the suspect's apartment.
At the time, Farmer claimed the teenager never came inside his residence but was in a nearby alleyway. Surveillance video from a convenience store in the area, however, shows Farmer, McClerkin and a third individual at the businesses together that evening.
Multiple witnesses also claimed to investigators that McClerkin was at the suspect’s home and several allegedly heard a woman “being hurt,” the documents state.
Another witness told investigators they had seen a person lying on a floor in the apartment and covered up the following morning, according to the documents.
Farmer was locked up on drug dealing charges in November 2016 when he made statements on prison phone calls about the case, including telling one individual that he believed authorities “found the body of the missing girl” and “they’re really trying to get me for everything," the documents state.
“You need to get ahold of (REDACTED),” the documents claim he said during the call, warning, “Brace yourself, okay? It’s getting ready to get real ugly.”
In another call around the time, court documents state, Farmer allegedly threatened a woman, telling her to not say anything about McClerkin or she would “end up like her.”
Officials said detectives got a break in the case last fall after learning key information, according to WXIN.
At the end of last month, detectives used luminol at Farmer’s former residence and allegedly discovered blood stains on the floor.