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Vigil for Teen Missing for Three Years

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 08:32 AM EDT
COVINGTON, Ky (Angenette Levy) -- Family and friends of Paige Johnson came together at Goebel Park Monday evening to mark the third anniversary of the teenage mother's disappearance.

They held yellow roses that symbolized sunshine and rays of hope that the missing teen will returned to her family soon.

"Anyone who knew Paige knew she that she was like sunshine walking into the room and she could make you happy when you're sad," said Donna Johnson, Paige's mother.

It's been 1,095 days since Paige left her mother's home in Boone County and never returned. The last person known to have seen Paige on September 23, 2010 was Jacob Bumpass. He told Covington Police he dropped Paige off at 15th and Scott Sts. in Covington and never saw her again.

Bumpass has never been charged in connection to Johnson's disappearance and has refused to talk to police.

Since 2010, there have been several searches for Paige. Police and volunteers have searched East Fork State Park and areas in northern and southern Kentucky to no avail.

"It's all been disbelief but especially for this to go on three years is maddening to us. And we're here to demand justice that Paige is brought home," said Alicen Franks, Paige's cousin who organized Monday evening's prayer vigil. Paige's family and friends say they've waited too long and had too few answers.

Many people can only imagine what Donna Johnson has endured. But, Dave Markham, father of Katelyn Markham, knows all too well the pain of searching for a missing child. Katelyn's remains were found earlier this year. He attended Monday night's vigil along with Dave Rader of Texas Equusearch. The group has participated in searches for Paige.

"It's just a somber day. We're doing our best to bring her home as we did Katelyn. It's just another tragic story," said Dave Rader of Texas Equusearch.

After listening to a plea for anyone with information in the case to come forward, the crowd sang along to "You Are My Sunshine" as they held yellow roses.
"I'm hoping and praying that someone out there will have a conscience and come forward and put an end to all this misery although it's never going to end," Donna Johnson said.

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said Monday his department regularly receives tips about Paige's disappearance and investigates all of them.

Jones would not comment on whether police have any potential suspects. He considers the case an open and active investigation. Jones said his officers take the personally and hope to find Paige so she can be returned to her family.

Anyone with information about Paige Johnson's disappearance can call Covington Police 859.292.2222 or CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. for Teen Missing for Three Years

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