Chelsea Johnson's mother says she will attend vigil to thank community for their support

Funeral arrangements pending

FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Chelsea Johnson's mother Vicky Fible is making arrangements to bury her daughter.

Fible says if it weren't for the outpouring of support from the community, she's not sure what she would have done.

Family and friends opened up a memorial fund at PNC bank to help raise the money needed to bury Fible's daughter since she didn't have insurance.

"I'm very grateful and thankful that this community has come together and helped with the money. If it wasn't for everybody chipping in, I wouldn't have been able to bury her properly. I have a nice casket. I want to especially thank Don Fine for donating a $1000 out of his own pocket," Fible said Friday afternoon.

Johnson, 15, went missing Sunday. Police say surveillance video of the teen was captured at the Ameristop on Nilles Road around noon on Sunday.

Investigators say Johnson could be seen buying a snack with a friend she had walked to the store with after leaving her apartment on Southgate Boulevard.

Johnson's body was discovered by friends searching for her around 6 p.m. Monday in a Creek behind the Heritage Glen Apartments near Brookfield and Patterson drives.

Police have yet to make an arrest or name a suspect in Johnson's death.

The Butler County Coroner ruled Johnson's death a homicide by stabbing.

Fible says her daughter's body has not been released to her so she hasn't been able to select a date for the funeral. Fible plans to hold the service at Fairfield West Baptist Church on Muskopf Road in Fairfield followed by the burial at Arlington Cemetery.

Friends of Johnson have scheduled a candle light vigil for Friday night at the corner of F Street and Gray Street in Hamilton. It is planned from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Facebook page, dedicated to the vigil, is encouraging the public to wear purple, Johnson's favorite color.

Fible says she "appreciates the support of the community."

To read more about the vigil as well as read well wishes left my friends go to https://www.facebook.com/events/366665433369071/

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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