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Missing Oklahoma Teen's Boyfriend Is Arrested For Her Murder

Tanner Washington's "story began to fall apart" when being questioned about his missing girlfriend, Faith Lindsey, authorities said.

By Jill Sederstrom
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Missing Oklahoma teenager Faith Lindsey's boyfriend has been arrested and charged with her murder.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Tanner Washington, 24, is now facing first-degree murder charges in the death of 17-year-old Lindsey, who disappeared on Oct. 28, NBC News reports.

Faith's sister Justice told Dateline that Faith had been living in Pauls Valley with her boyfriend and working at an area Sonic when she disappeared.

He "texted me Monday night saying that he can’t find her, she’s missing, freaking out,” she told local station KFOR.

Justice also reported receiving a series of strange text messages from her sister’s phone that claimed she was with someone who wouldn’t take her home.

“She was misspelling a lot of things that night,” Justice said. “And Faith, she has very good punctuation and spelling, and that just wasn’t her.”

Investigators turned their attention to Washington after his story about Lindsey’s disappearance continued to change.

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He allegedly told an acquaintance that Lindsey disappeared because she had been shot, and told investigators he had received a text message saying she had been shot, Seminole County Undersheriff Matt Haley told the local station. Washington later admitted the story about receiving the text message was false.

Washington also told police that he had dropped Lindsey off at Sonic for work on the day she disappeared, but when he returned a few hours later she was gone, according to court documents.

Faith's  coworkers, however, reported that she never arrived at all.

"The more we spoke with him, the more his story began to fall apart, as far as what had happened," Haley said.

Washington was taken into custody by the Del City Police Department Thursday at a convenience store.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Lindsey’s body, local station KOKH reports.