It’s been nearly five years since a young Covington mother vanished without a trace. Paige Johnson disappeared Sept. 23, 2010.
“"I need answers. I want to know where my baby sister is at, dead or alive, it doesn't matter. I just want to know,” said Brittany Haywood, Johnson’s sister. “And I want to know what happened that night, I want to know everything, every detail."
FOX19 NOW sat down recently with Haywood, who spoke about how her family still longs for closure.
“Sometimes I’ll be at my house, someone will knock on my door, I’ll wonder if it’s her,” she said. “My mother is in pieces, she’s broken, we all are. It’s just tragic.”
Johnson, 17, had a two-year-old daughter at the time of her disappearance.
Covington Police Detective Justin Bradbury, who is the new lead investigator on the case, said they continue to receive a few tips each month.
“To this point, we have not found a trace of her, we really have not found a trace. We haven’t found a cell phone, any of her clothing, nothing that belongs to Paige Johnson,” he said. “It’s a case to this day that we still actively work.”
Haywood recalled the last time she saw her sister before she disappeared.
“She left my mom’s house, a ‘supposed’ friend picked her up,” she said. She told FOX19 NOW Johnson was supposed to head to Covington to meet up with her that night, which never happened.
A man named Jacob Bumpass told police he dropped Johnson off on at 15th and Scott in Covington before her disappearance. He has not been named a suspect. Bradbury said Bumpass was less than forthcoming with investigators.
“He gave a very brief statement, said he dropped her off at 15th and Scott in Covington, past that point he’s said nothing about the case,” he said. “He’s basically been a closed door, he won’t help us figure out where she is.”
Haywood said her family believes there is someone who knows what happened that night, but they have yet to come forward.
“There are people out there that know what happened. That’s the thing and they’re keeping secrets,” she said. “There are people out there that have done bad things to my sister and they’re keeping it all in. We’ve agreed as a family if someone comes forward, we don’t want them punished. We just want her home, we want closure.”
Detective Bradbury also had a message for whoever may have crucial information but has chosen not to come forward. “They have a chance to put some minds at peace, people some people at ease. What’s going on, where is she?” he said. “Our dedication is steadfast. We’re committed to this case, we will always continue looking for Paige.”