Search continues for missing Florence teen last seen Sept. 23

COVINGTON, Ky. - Tips continue to come in on a missing Florence teenager but sofar they have failed to turn up any new information on herwhereabouts.

Covington police are leading the search for 17-year-old PaigeJohnson after she was reported missing on September 23.

A male acquaintance said he dropped Johnson off in the area of15th and Scott near a friend's house around 1 a.m. but she did notmake it into the friend's house, according to police.

"Right now it is a missing person's case. We've been unable toconfirm a crime has been committed but we are investigating it asif there could be foul play involved. We're hoping for the best butpreparing as if a crime has been committed," said Captain TealNally of Covington police.

Police are not releasing the acquaintance's name.

Nally said the acquaintance has not provided any furtherinformation and has now hired an attorney.

"He's certainly allowed to have representation. Ideally, wewould have open communication with anybody who would haveinformation on this case but he's gotten representation and he'sallowed to do that," said Nally. "So we are just going on theinformation we do have and talk to the people who will talk tous."

On Tuesday, Johnson's family spent the afternoon placing moremissing person fliers around Northern Kentucky.

"It's like a big mystery. It doesn't make any sense to me atall. She left to go somewhere, didn't make it there, and now she'sjust gone and nobody knows where she went," said Donna Johnson,Paige's mother.

Johnson has a 2-year old-daughter, McKenzie, who is now beingcare for by her father and his parents.

Donna said Paige and McKenzie were scheduled to get theirpictures taken together earlier this month.

"She was real excited about that like, 'I can't wait to get ourpictures made. Me and Kenz.' And she wouldn't just run off. I knowshe wouldn't," said Johnson.

Paige's friends have not heard from her either.

"She has not accessed any of her social networks e-mail,Facebook, MySpace that she was normally active in," said Nally.

Anyone with information on this case to call the CovingtonPolice Department at (859)292-2222 or they can call the NationalCenter for Missing and Exploited Children.

The NCMEC has assisted Covington Police in theinvestigation.

They have helped Johnson's family put up signs all over NorthernKentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

"We can't stop until we find her," said Johnson. "We won't stopuntil we find Paige."
 

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