Teen’s boyfriend admits to murdering her

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 09/04/2022, 4:06 PM
Edited: 09/04/2022, 7:57 PM

(CHICKASAW NATION) Nearly three years after 17-year-old Faith Lindsey went missing, her boyfriend has admitted to murdering her. 

Lindsey disappeared in October 2019. A history of domestic abuse led to then 24-year-old Tanner Washington.

On Wednesday, Washington plead guilty to second degree murder, stating, “On or about October 27, 2019, I did unlawfully kill Faith Lindsey with malice aforethought.” 

Lindsey was a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. 

Washington plead not guilty to Murder in Indian Country in federal court earlier this year, but evidence in the case showed otherwise.  

A witness told law enforcement they saw Washington with blood on his clothes, shoes and phone after Lindsey disappeared, and that he said it was hers. Court records state Washington also told others that Lindsey had been shot. 

Investigators said blood samples taken from the backseat of a vehicle Washington previously owned matched DNA samples provided by Lindsey’s parents. 

Washington’s plea deal acknowledged the fact that he could receive life in prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Lindsey’s body has yet to be found. 

Flooding at the time of her murder has drawn concerns that it might never be. 

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation asks anyone with information about where Faith's remains may be located to call them at (800) 522-8017 or email them at tips@osbi.ok.gov. You can remain anonymous.


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