TBI identifies victim in ‘Redhead Murders’

Published 5:55 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

A slew of Jane Does that caught the attention of Elizabethton High School students recently saw a development be made in their case.

Students part of Alex Campbell’s spring sociology class held a press conference months ago, joined by law enforcement from Carter County, Elizabethton, and the state of Kentucky, to present their eight-page profile about the little-known “Redhead Murders” that spanned surrounding states, with the closest reported case reportedly taking place in Greene County. The incidents took place over 30 years ago.

One of the Jane Does that the students looked at was positively identified Thursday as Tina Marie McKenney Farmer, who was discovered in Campbell County.

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TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart told the Elizabethton Star Friday afternoon that the EHS students’ work raised a lot of awareness about the case but in regards to the recent update, she stated the newest development was made from an individual coming across a blog post about Farmer.

“We were made aware of the blog by an individual who saw a post about Tina Farmer. She noticed that Tina Farmer matched the description of the unidentified female in Campbell County. The individual who came across the blog is an intelligence analyst who works for a district attorney’s office in middle Tennessee. Once our agents were made aware of the post, they began investigating a possible connection,” Earhart said via email.

Farmer is originally from Indiana and was born March 3, 1963. According to a release issued by TBI, agents and analysts are working with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department to obtain information about the victim. The investigation remains active and ongoing. TBI agents are seeking the public’s help to provide information to help solve the murder of Farmer. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Campbell was quick to thank the efforts of law enforcement in both Tennessee and Kentucky on their work in the cases.

“We know they have busy schedules,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I called TBI and the Kentucky state police to say thank you for their work on these cases that are over 30 years old. This is a chance to allow these families to have closure.”

The press conference issued by the students featured profiles on six murder cases and a profile of a potential murderer, which they dubbed the “Biblebelt stranger” due to the cases of deaths of women and the nature of their profile.

Campbell added that he was impressed with the students’ attention to detail and how the report closely matched up with the discovery made on Thursday, which helps validate their work. Farmer was last reported in the Kentucky area with a trucker. The students’ profile of their potential murderer was a trucker from Knoxville who used Interstate 75 in the Campbell County area.