Relatives hope for good news after Lexington man's disappearance

jmadden@herald-leader.comDecember 26, 2013 

Alex Johnson, 32, of Lexington was a chef at the University of Kentucky.

Alex Johnson wanted a camera for Christmas, but he hasn't had the chance to receive it.

"There were a lot of tears," said Johnson's sister Cayce Johnson, describing emotions of his relatives during the holiday. "It didn't feel much like Christmas. It felt like a nightmare."

Johnson, 32, went missing Dec. 20, she said. He was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when there was a knock at his apartment door. Cayce said Alex told his girlfriend he would call her back.

Relatives became concerned after Johnson didn't return their calls or follow through with plans he made with friends for later that night. He also didn't make a Saturday meeting at the University of Kentucky, where he works as a campus chef.

Their fears became all too real as the days passed.

"He was supposed to come down Monday to go Christmas shopping," said Cayce Johnson. "But he didn't show up."

She said Lexington police have called Alex's disappearance suspicious but haven't explained why.

Alex Johnson's car remains at his residence on North Hanover Avenue, and cellphone records indicate he has not used his phone since Friday night, his sister said. Cayce said he doesn't have any enemies and is loved by all his relatives.

"It's been six days," she said Thursday. "It gets harder as each day passes. But we're trying our best to be strong and find him. There just thousands of questions were asking ourselves ... We're starting to think the worst ... Hopefully he's returned to us safe and sound and someone helps us find him."

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Alex Johnson may call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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