FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/28/2020
Clermont County Grand Jury indicts Jacob Bumpass in connection with 2010 Covington Kentucky Missing Persons Paige Johnson
On March 22, 2020 the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about a human skull being located by an individual looking for deer sheds in a wooded area of Williamsburg Township, Clermont County (OH). Subsequently, an extensive search of the area was conducted and additional human remains were located over a three day period. The skull was collected and sent to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for examination and identification. Using a Forensic Dental Consultant, the remains were positively identified as Paige Johnson, a 17 year old female reported missing to the Covington (KY) Police Department on September 23, 2010.
On July 28, 2020 the investigation was presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury and an indictment was returned against Jacob Bumpass for one count of Abuse of a Corpse, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree.
Jacob Bumpass was taken into custody without incident on a traffic stop at 12:58 pm in Hamilton County Ohio. Bumpass is currently being transported to the Clermont County Jail.
“Working on the original search at East Fork Lake in 2010, and following this case for 10 grueling years, I am thankful that my Office was able to work in conjunction with the Covington Police Department to bring Bumpass to justice. It is my sincere hope that this helps bring a sense of closure to the family of Paige Johnson.” Sheriff Robert S. Leahy
Bumpass is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. He will appear before Judge Anthony Brock for an arraignment hearing at 10 am on Wednesday July 29, 2020 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court
A press conference will be held at the Kenton County Administration Building, located at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY 41011, today at 3:30pm.
Bumpass arrived and was processed into the Clermont County Jail at 2:15pm today.
Jacob Thomas Bumpass 32yo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton
Saturday, March 28, 2020 (513)732-7648
At 3:57pm on Saturday March 28, 2020 the Clermont County Communication Center received a 911 call from a resident in the 3400 block of Sodom Rd. Tate Township, in reference to an unknown male subject who arrived at his residence and threatened his father-in-law with a firearm. The caller advised that the male subject fled the scene on foot. The caller provided a description of the male suspect to dispatch, who in turn provided the suspect’s description to deputies who were responding to patrol the area for the male suspect.
At 4:10pm, a deputy from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office advised dispatch that she was out with the male suspect in the area of 3517 Sodom Rd.
The deputy exited her patrol vehicle, issuing verbal commands to suspect, who continually approached her. A physical altercation ensued, prompting the deputy to fire her weapon, striking the suspect.
EMS was requested and respond to the scene at 4:12pm.
At 4:19pm Bethel-Tate EMS arrived on scene, rendered medical attention to the suspect, and requested assistance from AirCare.
At 4:50pm the suspect was transported to University Hospital by AirCare.
At 6:23pm, medical staff from University Hospital reported the male suspect was in “stable condition.”
No deputies were injured during the incident
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was requested by the Sheriff’s Office to respond for the investigation of this critical incident involving a deputy sheriff.
Any additional inquiries are to be directed to The Attorney General’s Office Media Information Officer, Steve Irwin – 1-614-955-8844
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton
Monday, March 9, 2020 (513) 732-7648
Parent of a 6 month old child in Stonelick Township charged with felony Endangering Children
On March 3, 2020, at 9:57 am the Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call from Gary Branam at 5504 Newtonsville Hutchinson Rd, reporting his grandson, a six-month-old male was unresponsive. At 10:17 am Stonelick EMS arrived and transported the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. After the child was examined, hospital staff found that the child had a subdural brain bleed that required the child be admitted to the ICU for immediate treatment. Further examination revealed, the child had pre-existing fractures to the back of his skull and left side of his ribs which were healing and dated prior to March 3rd. Children’s Hospital Social Service Staff contacted the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit to report the child’s injuries. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office responded to Children’s Hospital to interview the parents to attempt to determine the cause of the child’s injuries and where the child was at when he sustained the described injuries.
Sheriff’s patrol deputies, additional detectives and the Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit responded to the parents’residence, located at 5504 Newtonsville Hutchinson Rd in Stonelick Township, where additional interviews of family members were conducted along with a search and processing of the residence.
Clermont County Child Protective Services was notified of the incident and advised that the child was being admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment. Physicians at Children’s Hospital determined the injuries sustained by the child were “non-accidental trauma related.”
Justin Steel, the child’s father, was interviewed by detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and confessed to shaking the child on the morning or March 3rd, 2020 while at their residence on Newtonsville Hutchinson Rd.
Justin Steel was charged today with one count of Endangering Children, a felony of the second degree.
Steel was arrested and is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in Clermont County Municipal Court on March 10, 2020 at 10 am for his arraignment.
This investigation remains ongoing and will be reviewed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury.
Any additional inquires about this investigation should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office, specifically assistant prosecuting attorney Scott O’Reilly at 732-8177.
Justin Charles Steel, 24