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UPDATE: Family and friends shocked; Monroe woman found dead in Morehouse Parish

Friends and family are still trying to face a tough reality.

Their loved one, 58-year-old Verniser Johnson, gone.

After her sister reported her missing three days later she was found dead in her GMC SUV.

"Her brother was the one that called me when he asked me had I heard the news and I said what news?" her childhood friend, Angela Robinson said.

For them it's where she was found that makes things even more confusing.

Even though Johnson lived in Monroe, she was found in Oak Ridge not far from where she grew up.

James Robinson who's lived in the Oak Ridge area for over 40 years, said Johnson's vehicle was found near the neighborhood's popular fishing spot near Convington Lane.

"It bothered me because Verniser  I've never seen her down there," he said.

"I just wanted to cry because it just the idea that I've been knowing her all my life," Angela Robinson said.

They say a person who was known to be quiet but had a loud smile.

"She was always smiling and laughing," her cousin, Janice Covington, said.

Now a place where they have so many good memories is now the place of a painful one.

"I have to pass right by the road where it happened at and I told my kids I didn't want to go home," Robinson said. 

Now family and friends are hoping investigators can help them find the final pieces to this puzzle.

"It wouldn't be better but they'll feel better in their heart if they find out what happened," James Robinson said.

"I love you and I miss you," Robinson said.

 "You're going to be missed," Covington said.

The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office and Monroe Police are hoping to find out more after the results of the autopsy.



The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office and Monroe Police Department are currently investigating after the body of a missing person was found.

The victim has been identified as Verniser Johnson, 58 of Monroe. 

Officials tell us Johnson was reported missing to the Monroe Police Department on Monday (January 29) by her mother.

Monroe crime scene and investigators are assisting Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

Officials were able to use digital assistance to locate the exact position of the vehicle just northeast of Oak Ridge on Covington Road in Morehouse Parish, locating the woman.

We are told the case is being investigated as a suspicious death.

The identity of the woman has not yet been released.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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