Mystery deepens around Pauls Valley teen’s disappearance

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 11/18/2019, 12:23 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(PAULS VALLEY, Okla.) The search continues for 17-year-old Faith Lindsey, who was reported missing on October 29. The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation asked for the public’s help to find Lindsey on November 5. A paper trail of arrest reports linked to Lindsey’s boyfriend only adds to the mystery. According to court documents filed on November 5, a woman contacted the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on October 29 stating 25-year-old Tanner Washington told her his girlfriend Faith Lindsey had been shot in Sasakwa. When deputies called a phone number listed as Lindsey’s to follow up on the information, Washington answered and told them he had dropped Lindsey off at work at Sonic in Pauls Valley on October 27 and had not seen her since. Her coworkers later told deputies she did not show up for work that day. Washington told deputies he feared Lindsey was in trouble with the Indian Brotherhood gang. Meanwhile, Lindsey’s manager told deputies she has intervened in issues between Washington and Lindsey in the past, in which Washington showed up at the Sonic and “was bothering” Lindsey and other carhops. Deputies said Washington changed his story several times. He was arrested for falsely reporting a crime and obstructing an officer, and later charged with the latter. It wasn’t the first time Washington had been arrested in a case relating to Lindsey. Back in June, Washington was arrested and charged in Pontotoc County after deputies said he was being aggressive towards his girlfriend, referred to as FL in court documents due to her being a minor. Later that month, Washington was arrested for Domestic Assault against his sister, in which Lindsey was named as a witness. VNN reached out to the OSBI for any new information in Lindsey’s disappearance but has not heard back. Officials said Lindsey could be in Seminole, Garvin or Pontotoc Counties. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call the OSBI at 800-522-8017 or email This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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