CNN's Nancy Grace aired segment on Paige Johnson's disappearance
Shannon Kettler, Shannon.Kettler@wcpo.com , Jay Warren, Jay.Warren@wcpo.com
1:50 PM, Oct 19, 2010
8:37 AM, Oct 20, 2010
COVINGTON, Ky. - The disappearance of 17-year-old Paige Johnson of Florence hitnational airwaves Tuesday night.
CNN's Nancy Grace aired a segment on HLN formerly HeadlineNews channel about Johnson live at 8 p.m. and rebroadcast at 10p.m.
Covington Captain Teal Nally and KyPost.comreporter Jessica Noll were some of the guests.
A large-scale search is scheduled to take place first thingWednesday morning.
Covington police said Tuesday afternoon that the searchinvolving multiple agencies will begin at East Fork State Park inBatavia.
Fifty to 70 police and fire crews from multiple agencies willbegin a ground search at daybreak.
"We're asking for people at this point to stay out of the area,cooperate with us, and let the specially trained search and rescuepeople do their job without interference," said Lt. Col. SpikeJones of Covington police.
The reason the search is focusing on the Clermont County park isbecause cell phone records show the man last seen with Johnson wasin that area the night she disappeared.
"Police did their work," said Nancy Grace on her show.
"They did the legwork. They looked up the "pings" on his cellphone and it turns out those "pings" that they discoveredcompletely torpedo his story," shouted Grace.
Court records state 22-year-old Jacob Bumpass of Taylor Mill isthe last man to see Johnson after she disappeared on September23.
Paige was supposed to be dropped off at her sisters house around1 a.m.
The teen, who is a mother to a 2-year-old daughter, never madeit to her sister's home.
Police said Bumpass told them he dropped off Johnson at 15thStreet and Scott Boulevard, but search warrants filed by Covingtonpolice indicate otherwise.
An affidavit states Bumpass admitted to being with Johnson thenight of Sept. 22 and gave her alcohol.
Officers later searched his Taylor Mill Home On Decoursey Piketo find what appeared to be blood and latex gloves in the kitchensink, according to the affidavit.
Cell phone records belonging to Bumpass show he was nearJohnson's home at 1 a.m. and several hours later at East Fork StatePark in Batavia.
Bumpass is being held at the Kenton County jail on a probationviolation. He has not been charged in connection with PaigeJohnson's disappearance.