Man accused in Paige Johnson’s disappearance out of jail on bond

Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 9:23 AM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A man accused in the disappearance of Paige Johnson is out of jail on bond.

Jacob Bumpass pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

After his attorney said Bumpass was not a danger to anyone nor was he a flight risk, his bond was set at $50,000.

It was paid by a bail bondsman with the condition that Bumpass have no contact with Johnson’s family.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday for abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

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Police said Bumpass was the last person to see Johnson alive.

Bumpass claimed he dropped her off in Covington before she vanished in September 2010.

The evidence pointed elsewhere though, prosecutors said.

On the morning of her disappearance, Bumpass’ cell phone records show he was in the area of East Fork Lake State Park, which is where Johnson’s remains were discovered in March, according to Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Sanders says Bumpass’ phone pinged off a cell phone tower just a mile or two away from where her body was found.

The charges Bumpass faces “are minor” Sanders said in comparison to the pain Johnson’s family experienced over the decade.

Because Johnson’s cause of death has yet to be determined, no homicide charge has been filed yet, Sanders says.

The prosecutor says that does not mean more charges are out of the question though.

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