Porter Police said they obtained a search warrant Tuesday on a vehicle found
abandoned at the Travel Centers of American truck stop at 1446 West U.S.
Highway 20 that is registered to a Michigan resident wanted by the Lansing
Michigan Police Department on charges for rape, 1st degree sexual
misconduct, unlawful imprisonment and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Porter Det. Mike Veal told the Chesterton Tribune this morning police
found the abandoned vehicle on March 22 at 4:30 p.m. belonging to Bryan
Preston Farmer, 48, of Lansing, and based on evidence recovered was served a
search warrant by the request of Lansing Police.
Farmer is said to have raped a mentally disabled Lansing resident, police
said. It is believed that he has left the area by obtaining a ride from the
truck stop, police said.
Veal said his department has not yet found any connections Farmer may have
with Porter County and believes he may have been en route to Kentucky to
stay with relatives. He said Farmer had been released from prison in August
after a 23-year sentence and may be in violation of his parole.
Farmer is said to be 6 '1" in height with short brown hair and a mustache.
Veal asks that anyone with more information to contact him at 219-926-7611.