Found Deceased MI - Gary and Laura Johnson, mid-60's, Portage, Feb 2021

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  1. bykerladi

    bykerladi Well-Known Member

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    If he admitted to killing his parents, maybe he'll tell LE where the teenager is as well. Like, buy two get one free...
     


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    That's what I'm hoping for.
     
  3. Ontario Mom

    Ontario Mom stay safe ♥ be kind

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    I sure hope that's the case, if he is indeed the reason behind the young man's disappearance.
    Seems like a real stretch to believe that he isn't, given what was uncovered :(
     
  4. imstilla.grandma

    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    A Portage man considered a person of interest after his parents disappeared is also a person of interest in a 2018 missing persons case, police say.

    Bonifacio Miguel Pena, 17, of Gobles, vanished May 19, 2018, in Portage, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. He was last seen leaving a friend’s house, allegedly getting into the car with some other unknown individuals.

    Portage Department of Public Safety Director Nicholas Armold confirmed to News 8 Friday that Nicholas Johnson is a person of interest in the Pena case.

    “The connection that we know if is that Nick Johnson was certainly a person of interest in that case and is still a person of interest in that case,” Armold said.
    Man eyed in parents’ disappearance also linked to 2018 case | WJMN - UPMatters.com


    eta: Pena thread:
    MI - MI - Bonifacio "facio" Miguel Pena, 17, Van Buren County, 19 May 2018
     
  5. MKZoo

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    This is a time when I wish Michigan had the DP, if only so they could use it as leverage to get some answers on the Pena case.

    IMO.
     
  6. PommyMommy

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    FEB 15, 2021
    Memorial appears outside home of missing Portage couple | WWMT
    A memorial of flowers and valentines was placed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 outside the home of Gary Johnson, 64, and Laura Johnson, 65, a missing couple from Portage.

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    Flower bouquets left at Portage home of Gary and Laura Johnson, who are presumed dead | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM
    Some anonymous area residents took part of their Valentine’s Day weekend to pay tribute to a missing married couple who are presumed dead.

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    Crews unearthed the bodies Friday afternoon at Gourdneck State Game Area. They started digging after search dogs signaled in a spot about 200 yards south of Vanderbilt Avenue east of US-131. Police thought then the remains were those of the Johnsons, but had to wait for a positive identification to say for sure.


    The Johnsons’ son Nick Johnson, 27, is considered a person of interest in the case. Also listed as a parole absconder as of late December, he was arrested Tuesday on unrelated weapons charges.

    Nick Johnson is also a person of interest in the 2018 disappearance of 17-year-old Bonifacio Pena, who was last seen in Portage.
    Bodies positively identified as Portage couple | WOODTV.com
     
  9. PommyMommy

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    Alerting to have the thread title updated.

    From the article:

    The two bodies discovered in the woods in Portage are those of Gary and Laura Johnson, authorities confirmed Monday.

    The manner of their deaths will be listed as homicide, authorities said.
     
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  13. Limecat

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    I wonder if LE searched where the bodies were found because that’s where they searched for Miguel Pena in 2018?
     
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    We knew it was coming but it still hurts. So horrific.
    Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed Rest In Peace. Amen
     
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    It's such a sad thing to know Mr. & Mrs. Johnson's lives were taken by the child they conceived, raised, provided for and loved together. God knows they likely did everything they could to help save him from his demons. May they forever rest peacefully. :(
     
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    And may this case lead to better protection for vulnerable families who need state help.

    We have seen this happen too many times.
     
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    FEB 15, 2021
    Loved ones want community to remember Gary and Laura Johnson as kind, caring people | WWMT
    [...]

    Gary and Laura were in their mid-60s, both graduates of Loy Norrix High School.

    [...]

    JM, Gary and Laura's pastor, said the couple as loving, giving and supporting.

    “Gary was funny. He was somebody that you always wanted to be around," JM said. "Laura, she was always an encourager. She would always give you a hug, she was always there.”

    [...]

    Mcnally said he talked to Nicholas on Feb. 14 about the tragic events involving his parents, letting him know that there's room for forgiveness.

    “I prayed for him last night, she always had hope that Nick would come to a safe knowledge, or relationship, with Christ and find a place to get things worked out," Mcnally said. "That was her ambition, that was her goal.”

    [...]

    “The week before they were reported missing, we had a conversation and she said 'I don’t know how much more I can take of this,'" Mcnally said.

    [...]

    From the FB post in the article:

    For members of the West Michigan Cancer Center family, news of the tragic deaths of Gary and Laura Johnson of Portage is devastating. Laura was a beloved, longtime employee of our center, retiring last summer after 17 years of dedicated service as a certified tumor registrar. Her work behind the scenes on local cancer cases was incredibly important and valued. Laura was a terrific colleague--she was immensely compassionate, generous and kind. We are all absolutely heartbroken and in shock over the loss of this wonderful couple. To paraphrase words once spoken by Gandhi, “There are no goodbyes. Wherever you’ll be, you’ll be in our hearts.” May they rest together in eternal peace.
     
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    FEB 15, 2021
    Bodies unearthed in Portage woods those of Gary and Laura Johnson - mlive.com
    “We hope to present the case to the prosecutor’s office in the next 24-48 hours,” he [Portage Public Safety Chief Nicholas Armold] said.

    Police confirm bodies found in state game area are missing Portage couple (fox17online.com)
    From Gary's employer:

    The TowerPinkster family is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Gary and Laura Johnson. Gary was a beloved member of the TowerPinkster team for over 25 years. He impacted many, many TowerPinkster projects and left his mark on communities across Michigan. Gary is remembered for his love of classic cars, golf, and for having a smile to share with everyone. We are grateful to the Portage Department of Public Safety for their tireless efforts on this investigation. Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, we do not intend to provide additional comments. We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of their family and our employees as we continue to keep the Johnson family in our thoughts and prayers.
     
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