COVINGTON, Ky. - Teen mother Paige Johnson has now been missing for more than half a year and police continue their search.
“As we stated six months agao, it's a priority for us to locate Paige Johnson and bring her home,” said Lt. Col. Spike Jones with the Covington Police Department in March.
Johnson, 17, who went missing on Sept. 23, 2010, was last seen by Jacob Bumpass, 22, at 1 a.m. when he said he dropped her off in Covington, at 15th and Scott streets. Bumpass is in jail on a probation violation and is not set for release until at least 2013.
The Covington Police Department has an investigator dedicated to this case, who Jones said works on the case daily.
“It’s not on the back burner,” Jones said.
National attention on shows like HLN’s Nancy Grace has brought some tips to the police.
Police Capt. Teal Nally, who spearheaded the missing person’s investigation told the Nancy Grace show on March 7, that while they are still searching for Johnson, an extensive search back in October resulted in no new information.
Police searched East Fork State Park in October 2010 after Bumpass’ cell phone records indicated that his phone pinged off of towers in Batavia, Ohio near the park and nearly 30 miles from where he said he was dropping her off in Northern Kentucky.
Police brought in searchers from 30 different agencies, but found nothing pertaining to the investigation.
“We had a large-scale search in that area. We had over 100 searchers from police departments, fire departments, search and rescue teams," Jones said. "We had 17 dog teams that were out there featuring cadaver dogs and tracking dogs. And we really just have not found anything at that park that has led us in the right direction.”
Bumpass, who now has an attorney and has not talked to police about the case since, is the last man seen with the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. He has not been charged in that case.
Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST ) or call the Covington Police Department at (859) 292-2222.
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