Public makes donations to help Chelsea Johnson's family raise money for burial
Jenell Walton, firstname.lastname@example.org , Ian Preuth, Ian.Preuth@wcpo.com
1:24 PM, Apr 19, 2012
2:35 PM, Apr 19, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Ohio - An employee at the Ameristop store where surveillance video of Chelsea Johnson, 15, was recorded likely hours before her death says police have returned to the business as part of their investigation.
Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said Thursday investigators continue to search for a suspect in the stabbing death of the teen.
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.
Dickey says detectives continue to interview family and friends in an effort to put together a time line of her whereabouts before she disappeared on Sunday.
Tim Childs, a family friend, says he was one of the people to discovery Johnson's body in the creek. He is still too upset to talk about Johnson.
Childs and several others close to Johnson have been interviewed by police. He says he is cooperating with police as they search for Johnson's killer. He says police have taken his cell phone.
Dickey believes this was not a random attack and that Johnson likely knew her killer.
In the meantime, workers at the Ameristop in the 4400 block of Nilles Road where Johnson bought snacks almost on a daily basis, are collecting donations to help with funeral expenses.
Johnson's mother Vicky Fible says she doesn't have insurance to cover her daughter's burial costs.
An employee at the Ameristop says they have collected several hundred dollars from customers so far. The store has a jar with Johnson's picture on it near the check out counter.
A memorial fund has also 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.