Paige Johnson remembered at Covington vigil - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Vigil marks third year of teen's disappearance


The third anniversary of Paige Johnson's disappearance was marked by a candlelight vigil at Covington's Goebel Park.

Friends and family gathered Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. to share memories of Johnson, who went missing in September 2010. 

"We try to get together and remember the good times with Paige and keep her spirit alive," said Paige's cousin, Alicen Franks.

Paige would be 20-years-old now.  Her daughter, Makenzie, is five. Despite being declared deceased by her mother, it's Paige's spirit that lives on.

"She was like sunshine walking into the room.  She could make you happy when you're sad, and she could make you laugh when you wanted to cry," said Donna Johnson, Paige's mother.

Dozens showed up for support, including David Markham.  His daughter, Katelyn, was missing for two years before her remains were found a few months ago.  He, along with those who've searched for Paige and Katelyn, came for support.

"It's a somber day. We're doing our best to try to bring her home as we did Katelyn. It's just another tragic story," said Dave Rader of Texas Equusearch.

For family members, it was a somber day. As the years pass without her, each one is harder than the one before.

"We can't properly grieve.  It's like this broken heart that stays with you, and we'll never have any peace until we know where she is," Franks told FOX19.

Donna Johnson is asking to hear from anyone who knows anything.

"Have a heart, and let us know something," she said.

Jacob Bumpass, who last saw Paige, has never been named a suspect in the case.

As far as the investigation goes, Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders says the case is still open and active.

As part of the ongoing search, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public's help to locate Johnson. The public is urged to call 1-800-THE-LOST with any information concerning Johnson's disappearance. 

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