At the time of her disappearance, Brookelyn Farthing was 18 years old and living in Berea, Kentucky. She had just graduated high school in June 2013 and was still deciding whether she wanted to go to college or take some time off. According to her family, she loved doing her hair and always seemed to have her makeup done, and she was thinking about cosmetology school. Brookelyn was extremely close with her family, especially her sisters, older sister Tasha and younger sister Paige. Brooke was described by family and friends as incredibly outgoing and spunky, and she always had a relatively large group of friends. She loved animals and loved the outdoors; you could often find her out fishing or riding four-wheelers. In general, Brooke was a really laid-back, social butterfly who was so, so loved by everyone who knew her.
On June 21st, 2013, the day before Brookelyn went missing, Brookelyn and her sister took their driving tests. Brookelyn passed, but Paige did not. It became a running joke amongst their family all day. That evening, Brookelyn attended her grandfather’s 70th birthday party with her family. Later that same evening, Brookelyn and Paige attend another birthday party with their cousin. Between 7 PM and 8 PM, Paige and her cousin left the party while Brookelyn decided to stay with a friend. However, Brookelyn and her friend got into a disagreement because her friend wanted to spend the night at a boy’s house which made Brookelyn uncomfortable. As a result of the argument, Brookelyn’s friend left the party, and Brookelyn was seen leaving the party with two men later that evening.
In the early hours of June 22nd, 2013, Brookelyn, Josh Hensley, and an unidentified male stop to look at horses before dropping the unidentified male off at his house. Brookelyn and Hensley return to Hensley’s home. At this time, Hensley’s home was in foreclosure and had no running water or electricity. At approximately 4 am, Brookelyn calls Paige to ask if their cousin could pick her up. Unfortunately, their cousin had been drinking and was unable to pick her up. At this point, Brookelyn was ready to go home, she called her ex-boyfriend and made plans for him to pick her up on his way home from work around 7 am. A short time later, Brookelyn texts her ex-boyfriend again: “can you hurry”, “Please hurry” and “I’m scared”. Approximately an hour later, Brookelyn’s ex-boyfriend gets another text from her that says “never mind. I’m okay. I’m going to a party in Rockcastle county.” This text would become Brookelyn’s last communication with her loved ones. At 7 am that same morning, Josh Hensley arrives back home after checking on some horses. Upon his arrival, Josh calls the fire department to report a fire inside his home. Hensley claims that Brookelyn was still inside the home when the fire started.
Later that same day, Brookelyn made plans with friends to attend a car show in Somerset, KY at 2 pm, however, she never showed up. Brookelyn’s oldest sister, Tasha Thomas calls Hensley who tells her that Brookelyn got a ride home after the party and felt uncomfortable with her there but had to leave to put the horses away. Hensley also told Tasha Thomas that no one picked her up, but heard her mention a party in Rockcastle County. Josh calls Tasha Thomas again and tells her he is scared and that when he returned home his house was on fire and believed it was because of the cigarette that Brookelyn was smoking on his couch.
The next day, on June 23rd, 2013, Brookelyn’s mother filed a missing persons report. Brookelyn’s family went to Hensley’s home to search for her and found personal items on his front porch including her shoes. Brookelyn’s clothing and cell phone were not accounted for. Two days later on June 25th, 2013, Brookelyn’s phone pings off a tower in Blue Lick for the last time ever. Josh Hensley would later be arrested on possession of child sexual abuse material on August 5th, 2020. Currently, Brookelyn Farthing’s case is still unsolved, if you have any information Kentucky State Police at (859) 623-2404.