The Murder of Paige Johnson
In the early morning hours of September 23, 2010, 17 year old Paige Johnson was last seen by an adult male friend in Covington, Kentucky. Paige was never seen again.
However the disappearance of Paige Johnson took a drastic turn in early 2020.
What Happened the Night She Disappeared?Paige Johnson went to a party the night she disappeared. She has asked her sister to go with her but her sister had other plans.
She was seen leaving with her friend Jacob Bumpass. Bumpass was 22 at the time of her disappearance. Paige's mother was not comfortable with him being around her daughter at all. According to Jacob Bumpass, he dropped Paige off at 15th Street and Scott in Covington around 1am.
However, police do not believe his version of events.
The InvestigationDespite what Bumpass said, police were able to prove via cellphone pings that he was not in the area he claimed to have dropped Paige off at. His phone pinged in Florence, Kentucky 10 miles away. Around 4am that morning, his phone pinged near East Fork Lake when he sent a text message.
Jacob Bumpass has not been cooperative in the investigation. He also behaved suspiciously after Paige disappeared. Normally, he was a messy person. So when he throughly cleaned his car and apartment that raised eyebrows.
Police did search his home and car but were unable to find anything to link him to Paige's disappearance. Police have never officially named him as a suspect or person of interest. Although they are frustrated by his lack of cooperation.
The RumorsBoth the family and police believe that there are people within the community that know what happened. They may be too afraid to come forward.
However, rumors have been all over that Paige was seen being carried out of the party by Bumpass and possibly another male.
In addition, there have been rumors that she overdosed although no ones knows how. Due to this she died and was buried.
Another rumor was that she was placed in a lake or the Ohio River.
Where is Paige?Ultimately, it is believed that Paige met with foul play that night. The family filed a civil suit against Bumpass. He pled the 5th and refuses to speak about Paige's disappearance.
In early 2020, the case was featured on The Vanished podcast.
Around the same time, Covington Police announced that they were renewing efforts to solve th case. Essentially, they are going to start at the beginning. Paige's family feels that this case can be solved and that they are very close to achieving that. Not only for themselves but for Paige's daughter.
March 25, 2020I am sitting here in shock right now. Literally right after I finished writing this post about Paige's disappearance, news broke that they found her remains in Clermont County, Ohio.
Police have still not named a person of interest. The Kenton County Commonwealth attorney, Rob Sanders stated, at the news conference, that there are a few people who lied, told half truths or were not cooperative over the years that should be nervous right now.
If you have any information regarding the death of Paige Johnson, please call Covington Police Department at 1-859-292-2222 or the Clermont County Sheriff's Office at 1-513-732-7500.