(Knox County, Ky.) – A new lead in the case of missing Florence teenager Paige Johnson did not result in her location Sunday.
The 17-year-old mother left her Florence home to visit with friends in Covington in September 2010. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders said on his website Sunday that detectives are following a lead at a farm outside of Barbourville in southeastern Kentucky. The information had been received from police in Ohio.
“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,” Sanders said.
Although signs of Johnson could not be found Sunday, Sanders said the teen may be on or ner the farm somewhere. Sanders called the ongoing search “frustrating.”
"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,” said Covington Police Chief Spike Jones.
The public is urged to contact with police with information regarding Paige Johnson’s disappearance. Call Covington Police at (859) 292-2222 or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com.