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Father pleads for help finding missing daughter

Posted at 6:57 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 07:42:46-04

KOKOMO, Ind. -- 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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James said he's gone through more than 200 fliers and canvassed the neighborhood where Karena went missing.

She had just turned 18, and had made up her mind to go to a rehab facility in Florida to overcome a substance abuse problem. But James said she left behind her wallet, ID and the paperwork for the center.

"Karena was different than the rest of the kids," James said. "She had her pros and cons but she was still one of us. We all loved her and still do."

Community members plan to meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Aldi at 1700 E Sycamore St. to keep looking for Karena.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or the whereabouts of Karena is asked to contact Captain Teresa Galloway at 765-456-7326, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.