JEFFERSON — A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office search for a missing Jefferson man is in its third day, but no trace of 28-year-old Daniel Ash Johnson had been found by late Tuesday.
Sheriff’s office personnel commenced their search Monday after his ex-wife, Mary Johnson, reported him missing on Sunday. The woman said she last saw him Monday, Aug. 6, at a residence at 1301 Justin Lane in Jefferson. The couple had a disagreement and Daniel Johnson left on foot, taking his ex-wife’s cell phone and some of her keys.
Daniel Johnson later telephoned a mutual friend and said that he was walking along Mail Route Road and needed drinking water. Mary Johnson drove to a pre-determined location to deliver some water, but her ex-husband wasn’t seen. She honked her automobile’s horn several times but he never appeared.
Daniel Johnson is described as a white male, about 5’9” tall, 180 pounds, with brown eyes and short, tapered brown hair. He was last seen on foot near Mail Route Road wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and camouflage boots.
JCSO personnel began their preliminary ground search with the use of their air support unit and all-terrain vehicles. They combed through a heavily-wooded area near Mail Route and Stagecoach roads and Justin Lane. The search was suspended Monday night because visibility posed a safety hazard to searchers, but efforts were resumed Tuesday.
JCSO Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said that while there’s no evidence that Johnson isn’t alive, cadaver dogs were used but found nothing of interest in a Tuesday morning search.
“If he’s out here, we have no definite idea where where he’s at and we don’t know where he may have been,” said Woods. “We know that he was unemployed and there was no cell tower info generated by his call. Our biggest concern is that we don’t know where he is, and it’s been so hot out here and he didn’t get the water he requested.”
Anyone with information regarding Daniel Johnson’s disappearance or whereabouts is asked to telephone JCSO Criminal Investigator Randy Jackson at 870-692-7891 (cell) or 870-541-5496 (office).