Covington Police look at text messages between missing teen and Jacob Bumpass

COVINGTON, Ky. - In newly filed search warrants, Covington police are asking fortext messages exchanged between 17-year-old Paige Johnson and theman last seen with her 22-year-old Jacob Bumpass.

The search warrants state Johnson lived in Florence with hergrandmother and used her grandmother's phone before she was pickedup by Bumpass during the early morning hours of Sept. 23.

Police state the two exchanged text messages beforehand and nowpolice believe the content may lead to more details concerningJohnson's whereabouts.

According to police, Bumpass told them he dropped the teen offat 15th and Scott but his cell phone records indicate that he wasat East Fork Lake in Clermont County.

According to the search warrant, Bumpass changed his phonenumber after Johnson's disappearance while keeping the samephone.

On his Facebook site, Bumpass makes reference to Johnson onSept. 23, at 8:22 p.m. asking folks if anyone with information onPaige's whereabouts to let him know because the cops are lookingfor her.

On Sunday, the Boone County Water Rescue Team searched East ForkLake but found nothing.

Now, Covington police are working with Clermont County Sheriff'sDepartment to do a larger search later this week.

"Essentially we are trying to find out if in fact there is anyevidence that Paige was at East Fork Lake at any time that wouldindicate where her whereabouts or where she may have been travelingthrough," said Lt. Col. Spike Jones of Covington police.

Bumpass remains at the Kenton County Jail for violating hisprobation.

He's not been charged in connection with Johnson'sdisappearance.

His attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

On Monday, friends of Johnson got a billboard company to donatea billboard free of charge to help aid in the search. They're alsolooking for businesses and volunteers to help with fliers.

A Facebook website titled " PaigeYou Are Safe Here" has been posting updates.

Clickhere for more information.


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