Scott Woman Missing; May be in Danger

By: Whitney Daniel
By: Whitney Daniel
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Oneida, Scott County (WVLT) - A Scott County woman has been missing for almost a week now and authorities hope you can help them find her.

Sixty-six-year-old Jean Johnson has been missing since Saturday night. She has reddish-brown hair and blue eyes. Johnson stands 5 foot 4 and weighs 170 pounds.

Volunteer TV's Whitney Daniel has more on the search.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department has called in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to aid them. They've recovered Johnson's van and are preparing to send it to TBI's forensic lab.

In a surveillance video, investigators believe they see two individuals leaving the area of interest in a Jeep Cherokee, but as they piece the puzzle together, they need your help, too.

"I knew something was wrong because I lived here about 8-years and she's lived there and we're friends and I knew her. I knew something was bad wrong with her," friend Melissa Lowe said.

Melissa Lowe says she's worried sick about her friend and neighbor Jean Johnson.

"The chair, everything on the front porch was turned over," Lowe said.

That's when Melissa called the law.

"The law come about 30 minutes later and locked her doors back for her and told me to tell her when she got home that they had locked her doors back for her... and she never come back," Lowe said.

Authorities say they're concerned as well.

"We're not ruling out anything at this time, there is possible foul play, we're looking at all angles at this time," Scott County Sheriff Anthony Lay said.

Relatives last heard from Jean Johnson here at her home on Ditney Trail Road at 9 p.m. Saturday. A week later, they're still searching.

"Her van was located at First Trust and Savings Bank unoccupied and locked," Lay said.

This video surveillance tape from the McDonald's in Oneida is helping crack the case.

"The van came in from this side of the parking lot," Lay said.

The video shows a male taking something from Ms. Johnson's van and putting it into a green Jeep Cherokee.

"This is where we saw the movement of the people getting out of the vehicle," Lay said.

Then, the man left the van and drove off in the Jeep.

"Ms. Johnson would probably not have loaned her vehicle from what family is saying, so we're concerned her safety might be at risk," Lay said.

Meanwhile, Melissa clings to hope for her friend.

"I've been sitting up every night watching, to see if I see a light come on, just a light come on, to know that she's home because she's my buddy, you know, my friend," Lowe said.

The sheriff says there's about 50 yards between where the Jeep and the van parked, so they're hoping someone saw something.

If you have any information, call the Scott County Sheriff's Department at (423) 663-2245


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