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Warrant for Murder served in 2016 disappearance of Kokomo woman

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 06:44:32-04

KOKOMO — A warrant for one count of Murder was served Monday when police arrested a suspect in the 2016 disappearance of Karena McClerkin, who was reported missing on October 11, 2016.

WRTV is not naming the suspect because he has not yet been formally charged by prosecutors.

The Kokomo Police Department began a missing persons case on October 13, 2016, after her family reported her as missing.

The investigation showed that McClerkin was last seen at a residence in the 1000 block of South Washington in Kokomo.

Investigators have followed up on numerous leads throughout the investigation. They received additional information about McClerkin's disappearance in the fall of 2021.

KPD began working with the Indiana State Police after receiving the information. As a result, investigators were able to determine the events that happened the day she went missing.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact Lieutenant Richard Benzinger at 765-456-7324,, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.