The grandmother of a missing teenage girl is being forced to remove fliers notifying people that the girl is still missing. Police in Covington, Kentucky, are responsible for this travesty, and it goes to show that some missing persons cases are just not important enough to investigators.
Jenny Roderick is the grandmother of missing 17-year-old, Paige Johnson. Paige went missing from Covington sometime last September, and since then, her case has apparently gone cold. She was last seen with 23-year-old Jacob Bumpus, her boyfriend. Bumpus, who was once considered a suspect in her disappearance, cooperated with police thoroughly with his lawyer and is no longer considered a suspect in this case. Paige left behind her 2-year-old daughter, who is now being taken care of without her young mother. It's a catastrophic moment for her family, which has lasted since late September of 2010.
When Jenny Roderick was attaching a poster depicting her missing granddaughter, a policeman stopped her and told her that it was illegal to post things on poles in the city. He was polite, but firm and by the time he was done explaining things, the grandmother of missing Paige Johnson was in tears.
Naturally the city council members are addressing this, but they insist that it is illegal to post fliers of any nature on poles in the city. They must be posted in windows and designated bulletin boards. This limits the number of people who sill see the missing girl's face so they know if they've seen her or not.
Why can't the police just let this poor, distraught woman try to attract attention to her missing loved one? It's a downright shame that these people take their policing to the point of further harming a family that is mourning, yet trying to remain hopeful that Paige is alive. Since Ms. Roderick is so limited in her ability to spread the word of her missing granddaughter, it's important that people band together to help. This means sharing awareness online, via word-of-mouth or other techniques.
Paige Johnson is 5'1" and around 110 lbs. with light brownish blonde hair and brown eyes. If you've seen the girl in the photos above, please do not hesitate to contact law enforcement in the area she is spotted.
Chelsea Hoffman is the author "Chloe and Louis," and two other novels. She resides in Las Vegas where she works as a freelance writer covering true crime stories and a myriad of other assorted works. You can follow her on Twitter or follow her blog Beauty Made Fresh!