Martin city attorney goes missing

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJuly 6, 2013 

State police and a private investigator are looking for Clyde Johnson, the Martin city attorney. Photo provided.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the disappearance of the Martin city attorney, who told his secretary he was going fishing 12 days ago and never returned.

Clyde Johnson, 47, is also an assistant football coach at Prestonsburg High School and president of the Floyd County Bar Association. He is well-known in the community. Johnson's friends say his abrupt disappearance has left Floyd County baffled.

Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg attorney and friend of Johnson, said the Kentucky State Police and a private investigator are looking for Johnson.

Johnson told his secretary that he and his 3-year-old dog were going on a fishing trip and would not be back until Monday, June 24.

That in itself is odd — "He doesn't fish," Pillersdorf said.

Nearly two weeks after his disappearance, no one in Floyd County has reported seeing or hearing from the attorney.

"This is completely out of character for him," Pillersdorf said. "He's a fixture in the community."

The state police have opened a missing person's investigation and are trying to electronically track Johnson. He has a Netflix account and took his Xbox, Pillersdorf said. Johnson did not take his cellphone and took lots of cash and clothes with him.

State police were unavailable for comment Saturday. But state police Trooper Shaun Little confirmed to the Floyd County Times on Friday that police had opened an investigation into Johnson's disappearance.

Johnson had recently gone through a very rough period in his personal life when his mother died unexpectedly; his finances also were in disarray, and his home was in foreclosure. Johnson had recently bought a camper with some money he inherited from his mother's estate. He hadn't told his wife that he had purchased the camper before he disappeared, Pillersdorf said.

But Pillersdorf said Johnson's friends don't believe he would try to harm himself because he had taken his beloved dog, Pete, with him.

"We think he has just gone somewhere to clear his head," Pillersdorf said.

Johnson is married but has no children, Pillersdorf said.

Johnson's friends are encouraging anyone with any information about Johnson's disappearance to contact the state police Pikeville post, which is heading up the investigation into Johnson's disappearance, at (606) 433-7711.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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