Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Today in True Crime: June 22, 2022

Today's true crime anniversaries involve two young women who actually vanished on the same day--although they disappeared from two entirely different areas and their cases are unrelated. Unfortunately, both cases remain unsolved today.

1. The disappearance of Brookelyn Farthing.

It's been nine years since Brookelyn Farthing vanished in Kentucky. The then-18-year-old disappeared after attending a party in Berea. Brookelyn accepted a ride home from the party from a male acquaintance named Joshua Hensley. The two left the party together, but instead of taking Brookelyn home, Hensley brought her to his home.

While at Hensley's house, Brookelyn texted several people asking for a ride home. She indicated that she was scared. Meanwhile, by Hensley's account, left his home early that morning to go move some horses in a nearby field. He claims that he returned to his house around 7am to find the couch where Brookelyn was sitting on fire, and Brookelyn was gone. However, her purse and some pieces of her clothing were left behind. The fire was deemed “suspicious” by investigators. Brookelyn has never been seen or heard from again.

2. The disappearance and murder of Heather Szekeres.

It has also been nine years since Heather Szekeres disappeared Shawano, Wisconsin. The 32-year-old mother never returned home after a night out at a local bar called The Final Lap. Heather lived in an apartment that shared with her husband and her mother, located just yards away from the bar. Nearly a year later, Heather's remains were found in a wooded area off of Peach Road. Her death was labeled a homicide.

There are a couple of different persons of interest in Heather's case. There has been speculation about her husband, especially since the couple had gone through some rocky times. There is also speculation about one of the owners of The Final Lap--who had been arrested for assaulting a 15-year-old girl in the basement of the bar. Heather was on a potential witness list for this man's trial.

Despite this, there have been no publicly named suspects in Heather's murder. It remains unsolved today.

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