'This was not the outcome any of us wanted': Remains of Kentucky teen found nearly 10 years after her disappearance

Remains found in Ohio on Sunday have been identified as Paige Johnson, a Kentucky teen who went missing nearly 10 years ago.


Remains found in Ohio on Sunday have been identified as Paige Johnson, a Kentucky teenager who went missing nearly 10 years ago.

Johnson was 17 years old when she vanished on Sept. 23, 2010 after attending a party with friends.

She had a daughter, who family members said has been forced to grow up without her mother.

On Sunday, Clermont County Ohio Sheriff’s Office said they were contacted by an individual who said they located what they believed to be was human remains in a wooded area near Williamsburg Township.

When Clermont County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene along with the Clermont County coroner, Covington Police Department investigators were contacted and responded to the scene.

Investigators with all three agencies continued to search the scene for two days and recovered additional items that were also believed to be human remains. All items collected were sent to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for analysis and possible identification.

On Tuesday, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and Covington Police Department were officially notified by Hamilton County that through dental records the remains have been positively identified as Paige Johnson.

Paige’s family was notified by the Covington Police Department Wednesday morning of her recovery.

A cause of death has not yet been determined, officials said.

Countless efforts have been made over the past 10 years to find out what happened to Paige that night. A website was set up in her name so people could submit any tips they had.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was set to take on Paige's case this year along with an investigator from Washington, D.C., to comb over evidence for new clues.

The last person to see her, Jacob Bumpass, said he dropped her off in Covington that night.

She was never seen or heard from again.

Bumpass is not considered a suspect.

Now, authorities said Wednesday many questions still remain and they will continue to search the scene and look into everything they have investigated to this point.

“Obviously this was not the outcome any of us wanted,” Covington Police Chief Robert Nader said, adding, "We want to be hopeful that this will lead to more information. We still have work to do."

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders said they are looking into every piece of evidence surrounding the case and said those interviewed previously who didn't cooperate or lied should be "very worried."