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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Suspect in Custody Following Missing Person Investigation

Kenneth Richard Johnson Jr

Gastonia, NC (January 19th, 2024 20:00 PM): One man is in custody following an extensive missing person investigation.  KENNETH RICHARD JOHNSON JR., 55, is facing a felony charge of Concealment of Death.

The Lowell Police Department, Gaston County Police Department and Gaston County District Attorney’s Office have been investigating a missing person case since October of 2020.  Through the investigative process, information was discovered which led to a search at 613 South Church Street, Lowell, NC.  During this search, human remains were discovered.  The remains will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and examination.  The victim’s identification will be released once the Medical Examiner completes their examination.

Detectives discovered evidence that lead to JOHNSON being charged in this case.  JOHNSON formerly resided at 613 South Church Street, Lowell, NC.  The current tenets of the residence are not involved in any way in this case.  This is an isolated case and there is no danger to the public.

JOHNSON was previously arrested in November of 2023 for outstanding charges in Ocala, Florida.  He was transported to the Gaston County Magistrate’s Office where he is currently in custody awaiting trial.  JOHNSON received a hold on the new charge for felony Concealment of Death and is awaiting his first appearance in court in the Gaston County Jail.

This is an on-going investigation.  Anyone with additional information on the incident is asked to please call Detective T. D. Pilkington at 704-866-3329 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.

There is no further information to be released.

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