FOUR YEARS LATER
by: Claudia Rivero
Janteyl Johnson turned 20 on September 8, 2014. In a perfect world, Janteyl would've likely celebrated the big day with her family and her baby. Instead, for the Johnsons it was another day that left them asking the painful question: "Where is Janteyl?"
More than four years have passed since Janteyl disappeared. Even though the teen had run away in the past, the Johnsons find it impossible to believe that she would willingly stay away from her family for years, especially since she was about to become a mom.
None of it makes sense to the Johnsons, and because so little is known about their daughter's disappearance, it makes the situation even more difficult. The little that is known about the case is troubling.
Investigators will usually focus on those individuals closest to the missing person. In this case the obvious questions are: What about the baby's father? What is known about him and was he ever considered an investigative lead? Or is it possible that Janteyl was lured by someone else she knew and trusted?
I asked some of those questions to a law enforcement official with the New Castle County PD in Delaware while covering Janteyl's disappearance for NBC10 in Philadelphia in 2010. At the time he said they had no solid leads. I also recall the law enforcement official saying a phrase that stuck with me, "You have to understand, people don't just disappear." He wouldn't elaborate, instead he repeated the phrase, "People don't just disappear."
But Janteyl did disappear and she is nowhere to be found. How is it possible that a pregnant teen goes missing and no one knows anything? It doesn't make sense. If there's one thing any reporter knows is that when it comes to missing person cases, someone always knows something. This case is no exception.
More to come.
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Emmy Award winning reporter Claudia Rivero.