UPDATE: Remains found in Lewis Co. identified as missing Vanceburg man

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Human remains found at the Lewis/Carter County line have been identified as 28-year-old Justin Johnson, who had been missing since March 23, according to Lewis County Emergency Management.

Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens says the remains were discovered by two men who were scouting the area for turkeys on Cooper Ridge.

At a press conference Thursday morning, the Sheriff said Johnson died as the result of a single gunshot wound. His death is now being investigated as a homicide.  Further, the Sheriff believes there is more than one person involved in the death, and believes Johnson was shot somewhere other than Cooper Ridge.  Drugs may have been involved in the homicide, according to Sheriff Bivens.

Justin Johnson was last seen at about 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23rd at his home.  His truck was found on the Lower Twin Branch of McDowell Creek Road on Friday, the 24th.

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3/29/17 9:44 p.m.

Human remains found on Lewis/Carter County line

by TOM KENNY (WTVQ)

Human remains were found on the Lewis/Carter County line and investigators say they don’t know yet if they belong to a missing Vanceburg man, according to Lewis County Emergency Management.

The remains were found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area a short distance from Cooper Ridge Road, according to investigators.

Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens says the discovery was made by two men who were scouting the area for turkeys.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

The missing Vanceburg man is 28-year old Justin Johnson.

He was last seen at his home on Town Branch Road in Vanceburg on March 23, 2017, according to investigators.

Johnson is 6’2″ tall, 145-pounds with a slender build. He has short brown hair and hadn’t shaved for a few days, according to authorities.

He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, light blue jeans, dark brown work boots, a camo cap and had a black jacket with him, according to investigators.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 606-796-2912.

Callers can remain anonymous and all information will be treated confidentially, according to the sheriff.

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