Missing Lexington man's family turns to Facebook for help

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comDecember 29, 2013 

A downloadable flier has been posted on Facebook, and Alex Johnson's family is urging people to distribute it.

Friends and family of Alex Johnson are using social media to try to help find the missing Lexington man.

The Facebook page FindAlexJohnson, which went live Thursday, had garnered nearly 5,000 likes by Sunday evening and, according to Cayce Johnson, had spread the word of her brother's case to nearly 80,000 people.

No one has heard from Alex Johnson, 32, a chef at the University of Kentucky, since Dec. 20, when he ended a phone call with his girlfriend by saying he needed to answer the door at his home on North Hanover Avenue. Relatives became concerned after Johnson didn't return their calls or follow through with plans he made with friends for that night. He also didn't attend a meeting at work the next day.

The Lexington police department is investigating the disappearance. It had no update Sunday.

Cayce Johnson said the Facebook page was started by friends hoping to encourage anyone with information "big or small" to contact police. There also is a "missing" flier created by the family that can be downloaded from the Facebook page. She said people were being asked to post the flier wherever they though it might be helpful. Several had been posted by Sunday at the Kroger on Euclid Avenue.

The Facebook page includes pictures of Alex Johnson with and without a beard, said Cayce Johnson. Her brother, who normally is clean shaven, had been growing his facial hair for a competition in February, and recent pictures show him with a long, full beard.

She said the family had been overwhelmed by support via texts, phone calls and online messages.

In addition to being a place to share concerns, the Facebook page can serve as a clearinghouse for information that might spark something that could be useful to the police, she said. "We are just trying to broaden our reach," said Cayce Johnson.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.

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