Police doubt woman in video is missing teen

Arissa Farmer (Source: Trumann Police Dept.)Arissa Farmer (Source: Trumann Police Dept.)


Police say they now doubt a woman seen in a welcome center surveillance video is a missing Trumann teen.

Chief Chad Henson tells Region 8 News they have learned in the last few hours that the video released may not be Arissa Farmer. 

Police released surveillance video Monday of a woman at the Interstate 55 welcome center outside of Blytheville.

After viewing the video, Farmer’s parents said it was their daughter. However, Henson said his department received a call from a woman who said she was the one in the video and not Arissa Farmer.

“We’re back at square one,” Henson told one of our reporters.

According to Tia and Tracy Farmer, their 16-year-old daughter escaped through a bedroom window Saturday night and has not been seen or heard from since.

The investigation into the girl’s disappearance has now entered its fourth day. Henson said Trumann police are being helped by the FBI, Arkansas State Police, Jonesboro Police Department, and the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office.

“Evidence collected from different locations and communications devices has led investigators to believe that Arissa was in contact with multiple males on multiple social media sites,” Henson said in Wednesday’s update. “Arissa appears to have been groomed and mentored by these males. Therefore, due to her age and the graphic nature of the messages, multiple agencies are collectively working towards finding her.”

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