FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Vicky Fible knew something was wrong when her 15-year-old daughter failed to answer her calls on her cellphone. Fible last saw her daughter, Chelsea Johnson, on Sunday morning.
"She told me she was going to the store with a friend," said Fible. "I was at work and didn't think anything of it."
Fible became worried when she got home from work and Johnson wasn't home. "I kept calling and that's not like her. She always calls me and always texts me to let me know where she is at and what's going on," said Fible. "When I called and left four messages and she never responded, I knew something bad had happened."
On Monday morning, she contacted the Fairfield Police Department to report her missing. "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."
Johnson's body was discovered on Monday night near a creek that runs behind Brookfield Drive near Pleasant Avenue according to her mom. This is located about a mile from her home on Southgate Boulevard. "A friend said he remembered she was going fishing at Heritage Glen," said Fible. "My boyfriend and his son went in their truck to go look for her. Three hours went by and I didn't hear nothing. I knew, I knew. And they called police."
Police are investigating her death as a homicide. An autopsy was performed on Tuesday, according to the Butler County Coroner's Office.
Police cannot say if this was random or if Johnson knew her killer.
A spokesperson for Fairfield City Schools says Johnson attended Options Academy . It's an alternative school where students take academic classes plus a required work-study class. Counselors are on hand to help classmates with their grief.
"She was happy and flourishing here," said Principal Bob Polson of Options Academy. "She came to me and asked me to write her mom to tell her how well she was doing."
Inside Fible's apartment, a letter hangs on the wall from Chelsea given on Valentine's Day.
"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 Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. Your crime tips will remain anonymous and you can receive a cash reward for your information.
Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.