Nearly $2,700 raised to help find missing Lexington man

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s been three weeks since a Lexington man disappeared, and his distraught parents tell us they just want answers.

We’ve been tracking the search for Alex Johnson.

His family and friends have been pleading for help and on Thursday, dozens of people answered.

Thursday night was a night of mixed emotions at Mellow Mushroom in Lexington as Alex Johnson’s family and friends came together for a benefit.

Missing person signs with Alex Johnson’s picture hung on the restaurant doors outside while on the inside, the restaurant was packed to the brim.

On Thursday, Mellow Mushroom was filled with folks all asking the same question-- what happened to Alex?

The mystery surrounding the 32-year-old's disappearance began December 20th.

“We didn’t find out he was missing until Tuesday, Christmas Eve,” said Lee Johnson, Alex’s father.

“It’s really difficult. I was supposed to be coming down here to spend three weeks with Alex, not three weeks looking for Alex,” said Lisa Horobin, Alex’s girlfriend.

“All we are concentrating on is finding Alex. I haven’t been back to work since I found out about it and I’m not going back. We are not going to do anything except for work on finding Alex,” Lee Johnson explained.

After weeks of waiting, there are still no leads in the case which is why the fundraiser was held Thursday night; not only to raise money but to raise awareness to bring their missing loved one back home.

“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. I always knew something like this would be a nightmare, I just never thought I’d be experiencing it. We are just trying to take it a day at a time. We are trying to keep our spirits up, keep hope alive and find him,” said Judy Johnson, Alex’s mother.

Along with the donations and raffle proceeds from the benefit, the manager at Mellow Mushroom says the restaurant donated 15% of Thursday night's sales. Together, the total raised was $2,693.

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