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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue

Death cause a mystery
Autopsy gives no clues; Floyd teen found a short walk from home
by Susan Allen

BEVINSVILLE — Preliminary autopsy results on the body of 18-year-old Lekita Jo Johnson show no “anatomical causes” for her death.

Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson said he and state police are waiting for the results of toxicology and microscopic test results to determine the cause of Johnson’s death.

Johnson was last seen at her Bevinsville home on the afternoon of June 7, and her body was found Friday by her brother, Nelson said.

“She was found a few hundred yards from her house,” Nelson said. “Until state police get the final autopsy results, there’s no one to start looking for.”

Johnson, who was valedictorian of the 2002 class at South Floyd High School, had received a full, four-year scholarship to the University of Kentucky, but she had recently returned to Floyd County and enrolled at Prestonsburg Community College.

In March, Johnson was in Floyd District Court on a charge of taking $1,500 from her father, Billy Joe Johnson, on Feb. 22. She entered into a plea agreement and the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to two years of supervised release. As part of the agreement, she was to undergo any drug treatment program recommended by the Department of Probation and Parole.

Nelson said it will be several weeks before test results are expected to be completed.

Lekita Johnson was the daughter of Billy Joe Johnson of Bevinsville and Lekita K. Conn Johnson of Ivel.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro and burial was in Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville.


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