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Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Find missing Karen Farmer Beard!
She has been missing for over 37 years.
Karen was pregnant when she went missing.
So over 37 years ago her baby also went missing.
Where is Karen? Where is her baby?

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard! Karen Farmer Beard has been missing since January 15, 1991. She is missing from Kingston, Tennessee. Karen Farmer Beard is classified as an endangered missing person. Her year of birth is unavailable. At the time of her disappearance, Beard was 35 years old. Her current age is 72 years old. Karen Farmer Beard is a Caucasian female. She is described as 5’8″ tall and 120 pounds (weight fluctuates in pregnancy) at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are blue. Beard was seven and a half months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. It is unknown what she was wearing when last seen.

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Karen Farmer Beard was last seen at 7:30 P.M. on January 15, 1991.At this time, she was dropping off her two daughters off at the home of her former in-laws in Kingston, Tennessee. She was supposed to go to work the next day at the Shoney’s restaurant. It was located in Lenoir City, Tennessee. But she never showed up.

That day, someone identifying herself as Karen called a towing service. The service was called Colyer Wrecker Service. And she gave them directions so they could tow her car. Investigators believe the caller may not have really been Karen. However; the towing service employee who took the call listened to a recording of Karen’s voice. And she said it wasn’t the same person who called him. Karen has never been heard from again.

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Karen Farmer Beard’s lawyer reported her missing on January 23. This was after after Karen missed an appointment. When the lawyer and the police went to her apartment in Harriman, Tennessee, they found it undisturbed. There were no indications of forced entry or a struggle. Her purse, wallet and car keys were at the apartment. Her car was found abandoned. It was located near the Center Ferry Bridge at the Clinch River. This was less than a mile from Karen’s former in-laws’ home.

Prior to her disappearance, Karen was involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband. His name is Reece Beard. They had separated in California in 1985. Reece was given custody of their two daughters by default in 1987. This was after Karen failed to appear for a custody hearing. She later went to Tennessee to try and get the children back.

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!
Family Dynamics

The two girls reportedly said they wanted to live with their mother. There were charges of alcoholism, adultery, drug abuse and drug dealing on both sides, And Karen was reportedly “mortally afraid” of Reece. She asked her sister to become her children’s legal guardian if anything should happen to her.

Karen did have a history of cocaine and methamphetamine use. And she was hospitalized for her drug problem in California in 1985. But her sister stated she had gotten clean in order to be a better parent to her children. Her sister stated Reece was the father of Karen’s unborn child. But Reece denied it. Karen’s former mother-in-law described her as unstable and stated she had dropped out of sight before, once for nearly a year.

Authorities believe Karen was taken to a house in Kingston and killed. And her body disposed of. They viewed several of Reece’s friends as suspects in Karen’s disappearance. Years later, as one of them was dying of cancer, he asked to speak with investigators. By the time the police arrived at the hospital to interview him, however, he had died.

No one has ever been charged in Karen’s disappearance, but foul play is strongly suspected. Her case remains unsolved.

Find Missing Karen Farmer Beard!

Karen Farmer Beard has been missing for over 37 years. As she was pregnant at the time of her disappearance, her baby (then unborn) has also been missing for over 37 years. Beard’s baby would be about 36 years today, had this baby lived. But Karen Farmer Beard is presumed deceased. And what has happened to her has probably happened to her baby. Her other children have entered adulthood. Hopefully they do not believe that their mom has abandoned them. They deserve to know for sure. The person (s) who knows the exact whereabouts of Karen Farmer Beard and her baby is not talking. Another believed to be involved had tragically lost the battle with cancer. But there is a family which needs answers! Someone (s) may still know something.

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Karen Farmer Beard and her baby? Do you have any information about the person (s) who are involved in their disappearances? If you have any information, please contact the Roane County Sheriff’s Office at: (865) 717-4700. You can also call
9-1-1 or your local police.

The above information is found on Karen Farmer Beard’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

This article goes in-depth about Karen Farer Beard’s disappearance. Click here and learn more.

The above image is courtesy of Karen Farmer Beard’s NamUs Database.


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