Family hopes new interest will spark leads in missing case

Posted at 8:14 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 20:15:30-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A northern Kentucky family has renewed hope in finding their loved one who allegedly went missing in Covington nearly 10 years ago.

Paige Johnson went missing when she was just 17 years old. The family hopes a new website and podcast coming out soon will lead police to more clues.

"I'm hoping after nine years it is just eating at them and they'll tell the truth," Alicen Franks, Johnson's cousin, said.

"We just had this amazing bond. It's frustrating because what they don't understand that when one person is gone, you have left a multitude of people broken."

In September of 2010, Paige went missing after a friend claimed he dropped her off at a party in Covington after a party. However, that friend's phone didn't ping in Covington, it pinged at East Fork Lake in Ohio.

Now that is has been nearly a decade, Covington police say they are starting over in this investigation. The National Center for Missing and Expolited children recommended police to re-interview those who may know what happened. Franks put together a website to try to spark interest:

"We had over 20,000 people looking at the website," Franks noted.

"Our Facebook, we've been communicating, and had a lot of people form the community reach out and spreading the word for us."