UPDATE: Creek the next focus in search for missing Vanceburg man

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Family members and volunteers are scheduled to search a creek in Lewis County on Wednesday for a Vanceburg man whose been missing since March 23, 2017.

Boats and search members on horseback will be used on Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County looking for 28-year old Justin Johnson, according to Lewis County Emergency Management.

Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens brought in a helicopter Tuesday afternoon during a break in the weather to search the area where Johnson’s pickup truck was found abandoned on Lower Twin Branch off McDowell Creek Road, south of Garrison, on March 24, 2017.

Investigators say there was no new information gathered from the aerial search.

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

Search dog teams scoured the immediate area this past weekend. Teams returned Monday, March 27, and expanded the area of concentration using information collected from Johnson’s cell phone records, according to investigators.

Volunteers also searched the area on foot and on horseback, but weren’t able to collect any information that indicated Johnson had been there.

Sheriff Bivens says he and his deputies have been questioning Johnson’s friends and acquaintances and collecting as much information as they can in an effort to find out what happened to Johnson.

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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