Funeral arrangements for Alex Johnson include memorial service in Lexington

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comJanuary 26, 2014 

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

Funeral services have been set for Alex Johnson, 32, who went missing from his North Hanover Avenue home Dec. 20 and whose body was recovered Friday from the Kentucky River.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on East Main Street. A memorial service will follow.

There also will be visitation Thursday and Friday in Bowling Green, Johnson's hometown. It will be 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel. Services will at 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Johnson, a chef at the University of Kentucky, disappeared after his girlfriend said he ended a phone call with her by saying he needed to answer the door at his home. Family members and friends publicized his disappearance for weeks, including creating a Facebook page and putting up billboards, in hopes of finding him alive.

Robert Markham Taylor, 28, of Lexington has been charged with murder. He was arrested Wednesday in Texas and is awaiting extradition.

Police have said that Taylor and Johnson knew each other and that Johnson's slaying was not random.

Timothy Ballard, 42, was charged Tuesday with complicity to kidnapping and tampering with evidence. A preliminary court hearing for Ballard, who has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for Wednesday.

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

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