Missing Wayne Central grad found dead in NYC

March 26, 2019 08:01 AM

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- A missing Wayne Central grad has been found dead by New York City police.  

James Johnston, 31, disappeared from his Brooklyn apartment in January.


His family in Wayne County reached out to News10NBC overnight with the update.

After more than 50 days of searching for her son, Nancy Johnston received a call from the NYPD saying they recovered a body matching his description. 

Johnston was last seen by his roommates on Jan. 29. When they woke up the next morning in their Brooklyn apartment, Johnston was gone. 

For weeks the family searched, raising funds to hire a private investigator and pushing the cell phone companies to get access to his phone records. 

Johnston had been in a car accident the day he disappeared and his family worried about a potential head injury. 

On Thursday, the NYPD found a body. His family raced downstate to meet with the medical examiner and confirmed it was Johnston.

Calling hours will be held on March 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Young Funeral Home on Main Street in Williamson. A celebration of Johnston's life is set for March 31 at 2 p.m. at Williamson First Presbyterian Church on Ridge Road in Williamson. 

A joyous send off will be held on April 27 at 2 p.m. at the West Walworth Fire Department.

Police are looking into the details of Johnston’s death.


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