A fugitive being sought by the Lansing, Michigan, Police Department and who
abandoned his vehicle late last March in the Travel Center of America
parking lot on U.S. Highway 20 has been apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s
Service in Tennessee, Porter Police said.
Bryan Preston Farmer, 48, was taken into custody in Knoxville, Tenn., on
According to the PPD, on March 22 the U.S. Marshal’s Service contacted the
PPD and advised that Farmer’s 2002 Mazda Protégé had been tracked via GPS to
the area of 1446 U.S. Highway 20. A Porter police officer subsequently
located the abandoned vehicle in the Travel Center parking lot and secured
it, police said.
Multiple empty prescription bill bottles were found in the vehicle but
nothing which might have pointed to Farmer’s whereabouts, police said.
One day after local new media had run a story on the fugitive Farmer, the
PPD received two calls from Harlan County, Ky., from parishioners at a
church there who had made contact with a man believed to be Farmer, the PPD
The PPD forwarded the information to the U.S. Marshal’s Service.