FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey says he doesn't believe the murder of a 15-year-old girl was a random attack.
Dickey believes Chelsea Johnson knew her killer.
The teen's body was found behind Brookfield Drive near Pleasant Avenue around 6 p.m. Monday. That is about a mile from her home on Southgate Boulevard.
The Butler County Coroner's Office on Tuesday ruled her death a homicide by stabbing.
"Stabbing is a sense of anger. It's a very personal crime. For that reason we believe someone around her is going to be the perpetrator," Chief Dickey said.
Chelsea's mother, Vicky Fible, says her daughter told her she was going to the store with a friend around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. She was at the store around noon.
Fible says she returned home from work around 5 p.m. to find her daughter missing. She contacted police Monday morning and began searching for her daughter with family and friends.
Investigators continue to interview people who were close to Johnson so authorities can establish time lines and alibis as to when she was last seen alive.
Chief Dickey wanted to point out to families in Fairfield and surrounding areas that he believes the killer knew Johnson.
"I want people to go on with their regular lives," Dickey said.
However, neighbors who live near Johnson's home say they're still worried about their children's safety as long as Johnson's killer is on the loose.
"It kind of makes you a little nervous a little bit. I've got these two and a couple of other kids. So they got to stay in the house a while I guess keep them close," said Justin Pleiman of Fairfield.
"She was always telling me she loved me," Fible said. "I just want someone who knows something about this to come forward and do the right thing. She was just a baby. My baby."
A memorial fund has been set up at any PNC Bank to help the family with the burial cost.
If you have any information regarding this incident, call Fairfield police at (513) 829-8201 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. You do not have to give your name and may receive cash if your clues lead to an arrest.
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