Crews search Knox County for missing Covington teenager

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The search for a missing Covington teenager moves to Knox County.

Police say authorities in Ohio got a tip that missing 17 year old Paige Johnson might be buried off of Route 229 near Barbourville.

Friday night, police dug up the area but did not find anything.

A hole the size of a swimming pool sits on the hillside next to the intersection of Route 229 and 1304.

"We were unable to find any evidence of Paige Johnson," said Det. Mark Mefford, Kentucky State Police.

Paige Johnson disappeared on September 23rd, 2010. Officials say she left her home in Florence to visit friends in Covington.

The Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney says officials in southern Ohio received a tip Johnson was buried in Knox County at the site.

Four hours of digging up land and sifting through dirt found nothing.

Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins used his backhoe to search. "Searched a lot bigger area than what they said. Took it all the way down to solid rock but was unsuccessful. If it was there, we'd have found it," Blevins said.

Even though they did not find anything at the site, investigators are still looking into possibilities the teenager is in Knox County.

"We're still investigating all leads and we're not willing to dismiss anything right now," said Det. Mefford.

"We wish we'd found something for the family but nothing at this time," said Blevins.

Covington Police say they will not give up looking for Johnson. They ask anyone with information to come forward. Anyone with information on Paige Johnson's disappearance should call the Covington Police Department at 859-292-2222.

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