June 20, 2018
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Woman moving to Bethel from Lewiston goes missing

Fay E. Johnson
By Andie Hannon, Sun Journal

BETHEL, Maine — Authorities in Oxford County and Lewiston are looking for a 62-year-old woman with medical conditions last seen nearly two weeks ago at the Vernon Street home she was relocating to in Bethel.

Capt. Hart Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said Fay E. Johnson is considered missing and endangered because of a serious medical condition. Johnson is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears a medical alert bracelet with the word “pacemaker” engraved on it.

Daley said Sunday that Johnson was last seen by neighbors in Bethel more than two weeks ago. He said she was in the process of moving from a Bates Street residence in Lewiston to a house in Bethel. He said the last confirmed day anyone from her family had contact with her was around March 7.

Daley said Johnson’s landlord in Bethel — who was helping her move furniture and boxes — alerted authorities along with another neighbor around March 12 because of a dog left at Johnson’s new rental home. Daley said the landlord went to check on Johnson once or twice and saw the dog in the house, but assumed she was just packing and moving more items from Lewiston.

Daley said the landlord later talked with neighbors and realized that Johnson had not returned to the residence for at least five days. On March 12, the landlord contacted the animal control officer, who removed the pet from the home, and then contacted authorities.

Daley said Sunday evening that authorities in Oxford County spent the day searching the woods surrounding the Bethel home with Maine game wardens. The sheriff’s office is also working with the Lewiston Police Department and will meet Monday with Maine State Police about the case.

Daley said Johnson’s car, a green 2004 Subaru Forester with Maine vanity registration SASSYFJ, is also missing.

Anyone with information, or who may have seen Johnson, is asked to call the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office at 800-733-1421 or dial 911.

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