FAIRFIELD, Ohio - A 15-year-old Fairfield girl found dead near a creek Monday evening was stabbed, according to Fairfield police.
The body of Chelsea Johnson was found behind Brookfield Drive near Pleasant Avenue around 6 p.m. That is about a mile from her home on Southgate Boulevard.
The Butler County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on Tuesday and ruled her death a homicide by stabbing.
Police are releasing few details on the case and cannot say if this was random or if Johnson knew her killer.
On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Vicky Fible pleaded for anyone with information to contact police. She last saw her daughter Sunday morning.
Johnson told her mother she was going to a nearby Ameristop store around 11:30 a.m. She did make it to the store around noon. It's unclear what happened after she left the store.
Fible got home around 5 p.m. Sunday and called her daughter's cellphone, but got no answer. She then contacted family members who began searching for Johnson.
Fible contacted the Fairfield Police Department to report her daughter missing Monday morning.
"I thought I had to wait 24 hours because you always hear on TV you have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing and then I found out with a minor you don't have to do that," said Fible. "So I'm feeling bad that I waited 24 hours."
Fible says she knew something was wrong when her daughter wasn't answering her phone.
"I kept calling, and that's not like her, she always calls me, always texts me, to let me know where she's at and what's going on," said Fible
Grief counselors were on hand at Options Academy on Tuesday where Johnson attended school.
"She was happy and flourishing here," said Principal Bob Polson. "She came to me and asked me to write her mom to tell her how well she was doing."
Fible is asking for anyone with details to step forward.
"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.
Fible says she waited to report her daughter missing because she thought she had to by law. However according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children you can and should immediately report anyone who is missing under the age of 21.