BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) - A coroner ruled State Representative Dan Johnson's death Wednesday night was a suicide, and Thursday afternoon, his wife Rebecca announced the story of his life is far from over. Rebecca Johnson said she will seek to replace him in the state legislature.
Minutes after posting a suicide note on Facebook, police said, Kentucky state representative Dan Johnson shot himself, in front of his car, near a bridge in Mt. Washington."It was during that time, while we were proceeding to the ping of the location, that the friends called in to 911 at the exact same time saying (they) think they found him at River Bottoms,” Lt. Mike Murdoch with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office said.
Murdoch said Johnson’s wife had asked friends and family to start searching for him after they saw the suicide note on social media.Johnson's death came days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report accusing Johnson of molesting a teenage girl in 2012. It went on to call the lawmaker a liar and said during the seven month long investigation, he refused to comment on the story.
On Tuesday, surrounded by his clergy and family members, Johnson denied the allegations."Unfortunately, I think (Rep. Dan) Johnson is the only one who knows the exact reason why he chose to do that, if that is indeed what happened,” Murdoch said.
Johnson's apparent suicide note is no longer on Facebook, but read:"9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life. I cannot handle it any longer. It has won this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME . . . The accusations from NPR are false and GOD knows the truth. Nothing is the way they make it out to be."
For the first responders who work in his district, the investigation has been trying."It is a challenge because everyone here knew (Rep. Dan) Johnson, had dealt with him, and talked to him for years. He's always been out here and involved in the community,” Murdoch said.They said they are now working with his family to ensure everyone feels safe as arrangements are made in the coming days.
Johnson's family denied our requests to comment on this story.