Bourbon County

Family plans a search around Paris on Saturday for missing Lexington woman

Tina Johnson was last seen by family members in Lexington on Dec. 2.
Tina Johnson was last seen by family members in Lexington on Dec. 2. Photo submitted by Kenny Johnson

Family members of a missing Lexington woman are organizing a search party for her this weekend.

Tina Johnson, 53, was last seen on the evening of Dec. 2 at her home in Avon Bluegrass Station in Lexington.

Her son Kenny Johnson said his mother’s car was later found in front of an apartment off of Cypress Street in Paris on the morning of Dec. 3. Inside the car was Tina Johnson’s purse and an identification, but no keys. She was officially reported missing on the night of Dec. 4.

A search party will gather around noon Saturday in front of the Paris courthouse in the area of 301 Main Street, Kenny Johnson said. Plans are for participants to search the area for her. The public is invited to attend.

Since she went missing, family members have been putting up signs around Paris and combing the woods looking for her, Kenny Johnson said.

Kentucky State Police Post 12, which includes Fayette County, is the investigating agency. Trooper Bernis Napier said foul play was not suspected in Johnson’s disappearance.

“My understanding was that it was unusual that she hadn’t contacted brother or sister for this long a time,” he said.

The Paris Police Department has also posted a poster of Tina Johnson on its Facebook page urging people to contact police if she is seen.

Napier said when he spoke with KSP investigators, there was no medical condition Tina Johnson had to justify issuing a Golden Alert, which targets missing “impaired adults” who have a verified mental or cognitive impairment. However, Kenneth Johnson, Tina Johnson’s husband, said she takes medication for dementia and other medical conditions.

When asked about the discrepancy, Napier said a KSP investigator was planning to interview Kenneth Johnson to get more information.

Kenneth Johnson said he believes something bad has happened to his wife because she was hanging out with “the wrong crowd.”

“This is way out of character for her,” he said. “She’s just not going to up and leave everything she’s got. She’s not run off. Something is wrong.”

Kenneth Johnson also expressed frustration at the efforts of police.

“Nobody has been doing enough,” he said.

Kenny Johnson agrees with his dad, saying that “something is wrong” with his mother’s disappearance.

“We know that we’re probably looking at a bad ending to this picture,” he said.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help pay for the search of Tina Johnson.