Woman's 1991 stabbing, suffocation remains unsolved



More than 24 years after Juanita Johnson was found stabbed and suffocated in her Richmond County mobile home, investigators still seek her killer.

According to Augusta Chronicle archives, Johnson, 80, was found Sept. 17, 1991 – two days after her birthday – after her family told police they hadn't heard from her.

She was found face-up on her bed with several stab wounds and a plastic bag tied over her head. Then-Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims told The Chronicle that the stab wounds were too numerous to count.

There were no apparent signs of forced entry, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said nothing had been removed from the home in Gaskins Trailer Park on Gordon Highway.

Sims said he was sure Johnson, a former Augusta Police De­part­ment employee, was at least alive 30 minutes past midnight on the day of her death.

Deputies said there were no previous break-ins in the mobile home park at the time of her death, nor did Johnson complain of having any problems.

23-year-old murder case remains unsolved, investigators say

WHO: Juanita Johnson

WHEN: Sept. 17, 1991

WHERE: Gaskins Trailer Park on Gordon Highway

INVESTIGATING AGENCY: Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

CAUSE OF DEATH: Stabbed multiple times and suffocated

HAVE INFORMATION? Call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1020.