COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - In an attempt to get answers, the mother of a missing Northern Kentucky teenager said she plans to declare her deceased.
Paige Johnson was last seen on September 23, 2010 when a friend of hers, Jacob Bumpass, said he dropped her off at 15th and Scott Streets in Covington. However, despite search efforts, Paige hasn't been seen or heard from since that day.
"When I look at pictures, I just wanna reach in there and kiss her and touch her face, tell her I love her and I miss her," said Donna Johnson, Paige's mother.
Johnson believes Bumpass knows where her baby is located, but he's not talking.
"He won't say anything," said Johnson. "It's a year of him being quiet and silent, and a year of our family just devastated."
Bumpass is currently behind bars on a parole violation. He's never been named a suspect in Paige's disappearance, but Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders has told FOX19 that police still have an interest in his connection to Paige.
To get Bumpasss to open up, Johnson's attorney Eric Deters is going to sue Bumpass, but first, Paige must be declared deceased.
"It's very tough to do that, but I think it's the only way that I'm going to get any answers," said Johnson.
Deters plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Bumpass next week. Deters said Bumpass will then not be able to keep quiet by pleading the fifth amendment because it'll be a civil case instead of a criminal one.
"Losing a child is the worst, but worst than that, I think, is losing a child and you think they're dead but you don't know where they are and you have no closure," said Deters.
Deters is doing this work for free.
Johnson also wants to put an end to rumors about her stealing money in Paige's name.
Johnson said she's never raised funds and used them on herself, but says others have done that act. Johnson said some strangers have created fake Facebook pages in Paige's name. Deters also plans to appoint Johnson the administrator of Paige's estate to stop the unauthorized fundraising. In the end, it's a fight that Johnson said is worth it if it'll help her provide answers to Paige's three year old daughter.
"She tells us to find her," said Johnson. "She pretends to text her on the phone, and it breaks our hearts."
There is $3,500 reward being offered for information leading to Paige's whereabouts.
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