FLORENCE, Ky. - Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Paige Johnson, the then-17-year-old Florence, Ky., resident and single mother who was last reported seen in the Northern Kentucky area.
Police began their search for Johnson in the early-morning hours of Sept. 23, 2012, in Covington, Ky.
Despite the considerable time since Johnson was last reported seen by acquaintance Jacob Bumpass , new hope was breathed into the mysterious case nearly two months ago when Tri-State police received an anonymous phone call that led to the search small farm just outside Barbourville, Ky., in Knox County.
Three prosecutors, three detectives and four secret service agents combed the remote destination, located in a wooded area off KY 229, nearly three hours away from the site of Johnson’s last known whereabouts, for anything that may have resembled a shallow grave.
Before the search ended, shortly after midnight, investigators had dug six to eight feet deep in an area about the size of an Olympic swimming pool with no luck in finding the missing girl, who would be have turned 19 a little over a month ago.
Continued disappointments in the investigation and a lack of resolution led the girl’s family to take a drastic step a little more than a year ago.
Nearly a year ago to the day of Paige’s disappearance, the Johnsons sought to have her officially declared dead.
“It’s been almost a year, and it’s been complete misery the entire time,” Donna Johnson, Paige’s mother said at the time.
The family’s attorney, Eric Deters, released a statement outlining the desire to have the young mother declared dead and for Donna Johnson to be appointed the administrator of Paige’s estate. Johnson has been the custodian of Paige’s now-4-year-old daughter.
According to recent crime statistics, 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, that’s including adults and children.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call Covington police at (859) 292-2222 or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
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