Man last seen with Paige Johnson being held on probation violation

COVINGTON, Ky. - Court records are revealing new details into the disappearanceof Florence teenager Paige Johnson and the man last seen withher.

Search warrants filed by Covington police state 22-year-oldJacob Thomas Bumpass of Taylor Mill, Ky., was last seen with17-year-old Johnson on the evening of Sept. 22 and that Bumpass hadgiven her alcohol.

Bumpass is a parolee for a theft conviction.

"I honestly did not see him as the type to do anything to Paige.We've all been friends for a long time and from what I knew he wasa good guy," said Brittany Haywood, Paige Johnson's Sister.

Paige was supposed to be dropped off at Brittany's house around1 a.m. The teen, who is a mother to a two year old daughter, senther sister a cryptic message on facebook a half hour before.

"She facebooked me and said, 'Girl, I need to talk to youimmediately.'

When his parole officer attempted to contact him on Oct. 4,court records state Bumpass "attempted to flee the residence uponofficers and Covington Police Detective Bryan Frodge announcingtheir presence."

Bumpass was taken into custody and is being held on a paroleviolation for having alcohol at his home.

According to court documents, a search of Bumpass' home onDecoursey Pike found dried blood in the kitchen sink.

The affidavit states that while in the kitchen Frodge observedin the sink a substance resembling dried blood and two latex gloveswith "one of the gloves having a small drop of the same redsubstance which to the detective resembled dried blood."

Police said Bumpass told them he dropped the 17-year-old off at15th and Scott streets in Covington.

However, court documents state Bumpass' cell phone records showhe was never in that area.

"What the records show are that approximately 1:03 a.m. on Sept.23, Bumpass' phone pinged on cell phone tower near Tanner's Lane inFlorence. Det. Frodge learned that Johnson lived on Cantebury inFlorence which would be the tower location at Tanner's Lane."

The next record, according to court documents, shows a locationnear Wilder which at 1:32 a.m. which police believe is nearBumpass' residence on Decoursey Pike.

Court records indicate that Bumpass' phone pings off a towernear Dudley Pike, in Edgewood at 2:58 a.m., then off a tower nearFilager Road in Batavia at 4:13 a.m.

Bumpass' phone pings off a tower near Half Acre Road in Bataviaat 4:18 a.m. The location is near the entrance to East Fork Lake,an Ohio State Park in Clermont County.

On Oct. 8, detectives interviewed a roommate of Bumpass'brother, Caleb.

According to court documents, the roommate told police CalebBumpass had extensively cleaned his car two to three days afterJohnson went missing. The roommate said that he found it oddbecause Caleb was "a trashy person" and he had never known him toclean his car.

The roommate told police he had heard Jacob asked to borrow thevehicle, according to the affidavit. After the car was cleaned, hesaw spilled red paint in the trunk area.

Jacob has not been charged with any crime in connection withJohnson's disappearance. He's being held at the Kenton County Jailon a parole violation from a theft charge.

Haywood is pleading for anyone with information to call.

"If anybody knows where my sister is at please contact us, thecops and let us know," said Haywood. "Bumpass if you know somethingthen you need to come clean because this is tearing all of usup."

Friends and family of Johnson gathered at Paint Yourself Sillyin Latonia Friday night.

Owner Lisa Little says it’s is a time for those whoknow Johnson best to come together and brainstorm about what thenext step should be.

"We started on facebook, there's over 3,000 people on it. Alsothis is huge and I just wish that everybody would share theirideas. Not what they think happened but where she might be," Littlesaid.

Anyone with information should contact the National Center forMissing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or call the Covington Police Department at (859) 292-2222.

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