FAIRFIELD, Ohio – Tuesday marked two years since 15-year-old Chelsea Johnson went missing. The Fairfield teen would later be found stabbed to death in a creek.
But despite years of investigative work, police have not made an arrest in her homicide.
"I talk to her every day,” Johnson's mother Vicki Fible said. “I hope she's going to walk through the door, but I know she's not. I just miss her so much."
Fible said she’s frustrated with the case – and she’ll be taking that frustration to the front steps of the Butler County Courthouse Wednesday in an effort to keep the investigation alive.
She said early on there was optimism a suspect would be brought to trial, but now those hopes have gone cold.
Johnson was found dead behind Brookfield Drive near Pleasant Avenue one day after she went missing on April 15, 2012. She vanished after telling her mother she was running to the store.
Fible said the high school freshman’s death deprived the world of a caring person who loved animals and would one day become a veterinarian.
George Davis II is serving 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offering drugs to Johnson in exchange for sex on the same day she went missing.
He was not charged in connection with her homicide.
But Fible said that needs to change.
"Everything was going forward,” Fible said. “(He was going to be charged) and then a new prosecutor come on board… here we are, two years today, and still nothing… It does not take two years to have all the evidence and have this individual charged."
Although the Fairfield Police Department’s investigation into the case is taking time, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said it still on the top of everyone's minds.
“I am confident that Fairfield is using the necessary resources to bring this matter to a conclusion,” Gmoser said. “To that end, my office continues to be supportive with recommendations to accomplish that goal.”
Johnson’s friends and family will join Fible Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Johnson’s family also met for a memorial in Mt. Healthy over the weekend .
Johnson’s case is still open and is in the hands of prosecutors. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
WCPO repoter Jay Warren contributed to this report.