KOKOMO - A community-led search for a missing Kokomo teen resulted in no new clues Saturday afternoon.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the family of 18-year-old Karena McClerkin, along with friends and residents scoured the area around the Wildcat Creek Reservoir in hopes of finding any signs of the missing teen.

“We want her home,” said James McClerkin, Karena’s father. “We want her to get her life straight. She just turned 18, she has a whole future.”

Karena was last seen Oct. 11 walking down the 1000 block of S. Washington St. Since then, flyers with the teens photo and description of what she was wearing the last night she was seen — a black crop top, ripped denim jeans and brown sandals — have posted on social media and throughout the community.

She was outspoken, kind, but considerate, her father said. And she was a great person to be around. Karena was also dealing with substance abuse issues, although she was turning her life around.

“She doesn’t want to be out in these streets,” James said. “She made that comment.”

And as speculative stories have made rounds across the internet about his daughter, James says the Kokomo Police Department hasn’t confirmed any of the hearsay, which is why he’s taking it upon himself to do what he can to find his daughter.

“I plan to let the police do their investigation while I just turn rocks over and hopefully I knock on the right door and someone knows something,” James said.

And since he lives a little over an hour outside of Kokomo, James recently lost his job due to the amount of time he’s dedicated to searching for Karena. He’s since found a new position, but said he’ll be back in Kokomo every weekend until his daughter is found.

“I’ve got a map ... I’m going to pan out and we’ll be here passing out flyers one square at a time until I cover [the area,] and then I’ll start back over again if Karena’s not found,” James said.

And to anyone who may know of the whereabouts of Karena, her father pleads for them to send any tips, even anonymously, to help bring her home.

“Anybody that’s selling dope or involved in dope, I just need them to take the time to sober up and pick up the phone and do the right thing,” James said.

This case is still an ongoing investigation by the Kokomo Police Department, according to a KPD spokesman.

Cara Ball can be reached at 765-454-8565, cara.ball@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @CaraKTVideo.

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