Janteyl Johnson, who was 15 and pregnant when she vanished on Feb. 3, 2010, would be 23 by now; her baby would be almost 8. What happened to them remains a mystery. There are still no named suspects and no arrests in connection with Janteyl's disappearance. It's as if this young girl fell off the face of the earth never to be seen or heard from again.
Although Janteyl did have a history of running away, it's clear, based on all the information we've gathered over the years, that if Janteyl left on her own, it wasn't with the intention of never coming back to her family. It makes no sense. It's absurd to think that a 15-year-old pregnant teen could pull that off on her own for this long. It's safe to say that something else happened, and the older man investigators believe she may have left with is out there somewhere. That person has never been inconvenienced. That person has never had to do much except decline to cooperate with investigators and refuse to take lie detector tests. Other than that, his life goes on.
This raises several questions. What else has the person responsible for Janteyl's disappearance done? What else has that person been able to get away with? Are there other victims? And if detectives believe that Janteyl and the older man traveled to Delaware or Pennsylvania, would the FBI be involved in the investigation since this crosses state lines?
What we do know for sure is that initially, the police focused on two investigative leads. One—a 27-year-old believed to be the baby's father—refused to cooperate with investigators. The other is an even older man who was also in contact with Janteyl the day she disappeared. This information is solid as a rock and confirmed with multiple sources.
Both of these older men had connections to a 15-year-old pregnant girl who disappeared and has yet to be found. Although there have been many twists and turns in the last eight years — especially over the last nine months — the case remains unsolved.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Janteyl Johnson is urged to contact
1-800-THE-LOST or NCCPD at 302-395-8171.
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Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer