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COVINGTON, Ky. -- 17-year-old Paige Johnson, mother of a two year old child, was last seen in the area of Scott and *15th streets and reported missing {Thursday} Sept. *23. {2010}

Paige's mother said her daughter always checks in on a daily basis but has not been doing that.

Johnson was described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and about 110 pounds, and was last seen wearing a multicolored jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call police at 859-292-2222 or the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

Covington is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Covington is part of the Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky metropolitan area and is separated from Cincinnati by the Ohio River and from Newport by the Licking River.

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Blood Found In Car NOT Paige Johnson's

November 28, 2010 // WKRC Cincinnati

Covington Police have received some long-awaited lab results in the case of a missing 17-year-old. Blood recovered from a car, searched last month, was sent to the Kentucky State Crime Lab. Police believe it was the car Paige Johnson was last seen in the night she disappeared.

Local 12's Joe Webb has been following the story.

This is not good news for investigators. Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders says the blood recovered by Covington Police is not Paige Johnson's. It was recovered from a 1999 Mazda belonging to Caleb Bumpass, the brother of Jacob Bumpass, the last person known to be with Paige Johnson on September 23rd. Police think Jacob Bumpass may have borrowed his brother's car that night. Caleb Bumpass is not linked to Paige Johnson. Last month, police searched both men's cars and Jacob Bumpass's home. Today, they released what they found.

On October 4th, police searched Jacob Bumpass's home on Decoursey Pike. Now, we know they recovered some white panties, yellow gloves from the kitchen and some red paint. From the 1999 Mazda, they seized a section of the passenger seat.

Rob Sanders, Kenton Co. Commonwealth's Attorney: "Very small amount of blood in the passenger compartment and it was sent off to the lab for DNA comparison to Paige Johnson's blood. And it was found to be female blood, but it was not DNA that matched Paige Johnson."

The blood would have been the first physical evidence linking Paige Johnson with anyone. Jacob Bumpass is being held on parole violations. That could keep him in jail for more than a year. He's not talking, but there's still nothing linking him directly to the missing girl. The lab results clarify nothing except there are few leads in the case.

"It's good news, bad news. The bad news is we don't have the major breakthrough in the case we were looking for. At the same time, the good news is there's still a possibility Paige Johnson is alive and well."

Johnson's sister says the lab results only cloud the picture further.

Brittany Haywood, Paigne Johnson's Sister: "That confuses me. It makes me happy though that I just hope that something didn't happen and that they're not finding evidence."

"We're confused. We can't imagine Paige being gone this long with not contacting us. It does not make sense at all."

The prosecutor says police are still working leads, but at this point you would have to classify their efforts as long shots.

Paige Johnson has been missing two months and a day. Police have also recovered cell phone records and files from myspace and facebook. They have not said if that has developed any new leads.

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News Update / July 2012:

Paige Johnson Missing:

Tip Leads Authorities To Search Wooded Kentucky Area

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A tip about the possible location of missing Kentucky teen Paige Johnson led investigators to the southeastern region of the state this weekend.

Officers searched a wooded area near a farm outside of Barbourville, a small city located about 100 miles southeast of Lexington. Authorities say an anonymous caller led them to the area.

"Law enforcement officers cleared a very large area of brush and overgrowth. After sifting through bucket after bucket of dirt turned up nothing, a backhoe was called in to slowly unearth the entire area. Before the search ended, investigators had dug 6 to 8 feet deep in an area about the size of an Olympic swimming pool with no luck in finding any sign of Paige," Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders posted to his website Sunday.

The search, which included local and state police, as well as Secret Service agents, was "frustrating in its lack of fruition, but impressive in scope, cooperation and effort," the veteran attorney said.

"Paige could still be close by but I assure you she's not where we were lead [sic] to believe," he added.

Johnson, of Florence, Ky., was last heard from during the early-morning hours of Sept. 23, 2010, when she was 17 years old. Police say an acquaintance named Jacob Bumpass, then 22, said he dropped her off at about 1 a.m. near the corner of 15th Street and Scott Boulevard in Covington, Ky. Johnson's daughter is now 4 years old.

According to police, Bumpass' cellphone records show his phone was not in Covington at the time he said he dropped off Paige, and that it had pinged off a tower in nearby Florence.

Cellphone records further indicate that at about 4:13 a.m., Bumpass' phone pinged a tower in Batavia, Ohio, and then again, five minutes later, off another tower near Half Acre Road in Batavia. The last location is close to East Fork Lake, an Ohio state park that is 25 miles east of Cincinnati.

After reviewing Bumpass' cellphone records when Johnson first went missing, authorities said they decided to center their search on East Fork State Park. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, it is one of Ohio's largest state parks, covering 4,870 acres. The park's terrain "includes both rugged hills and open meadows," according to the state agency's website.

Investigators started their search by clearing the park’s 2,160-acre William H. Harsha Lake, which is more than 100 feet deep in some parts. More than 100 searchers on ATVs and horseback also spread out in the area. Nothing was found during either search.

Bumpass has not been named as a suspect in Johnson's disappearance.

"As we approach the two year anniversary of Paige's disappearance, it's important for the public and Paige's family to know we have not given up! Most importantly, the person or persons out there who know where Paige is need to realize we will not give up till we bring Paige home," Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said.

A reward is being offered for information regarding Paige Johnson's whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department at (859) 292-2222 or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Morgan *Johnson / 5-18-11 / Indiana


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