The remains of a Kentucky teen were found 10 years after she disappeared.

Covington Police say 17-year-old Paige Johnson’s remains were found Sunday morning near Williamsburg Township in Clermont County, near East Fork State Park.

“Officially it is a missing persons investigation,” Covington Police Lt. Col. Brian R. Valenti tells PEOPLE. “It is being investigated to see if we can come up with homicide charges. That is what we are trying to figure out with the analysis of her remains.”

“We are working everything we possibly can, every angle we can,” he adds. “Hopefully we will be able to come up with some answers.”

According to FOX19, Johnson was last seen alive on Sept. 23, 2010 with a friend who said he dropped her off on a street in Covington.

“We have had conflicting reports of where she was last seen,” Valenti says. “We have an idea who she was with. The person hasn’t been cooperating nor have they for the last 10 years.”

Finding out what happened to Johnson has been a huge priority for the police.

“We have followed up on I can’t tell you how many leads,” Valenti says. “It has been passed on from investigator to investigator because of retirement or promotions. …read more



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