UPDATE: KSP Conducting Ground Search for Teen

By Associated Press | 

UPDATE: 7/23/13 3:38 PM CDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities have searched more than 16,000 acres in three Kentucky counties but failed to find a teenager who was reported missing last month.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Blanton says Tuesday's search was done by foot, on horseback and aboard ATVs.

Teams expanded the search area near where 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing was last seen June 22.

Most of the search Tuesday was in Madison County but also stretched into Rockcastle and Jackson counties. Blanton says a lake and three ponds also were searched.

In late June, police discontinued foot searches that covered several hundred acres.

Blanton said police had not received any specific information that prompted the new search.

Farthing was last seen at a house that caught fire later that night. Blanton said the fire remains under investigation.

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky State Police say they are conducting a ground search for a teen that was reported missing last month.

A statement says investigators began the search Tuesday morning in the Berea area for 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing, who was last seen in southeastern Madison County on June 22. Police had discontinued foot searches after more than 80 people search through 500 acres on June 29 without finding anything.

Police had asked landowners in four counties to check their property for any signs of Farthing or freshly turned earth.

The home where Farthing was last seen caught fire and burned down.

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