FREMONT, NE – Shiloh Johnson, a 16-year-old Nebraska City girl reported missing on Dec. 22, was found safe Monday in Fremont, Neb. and is now back home in Nebraska City.
The search effort involved police agencies all across the state and even the US Marshal’s Office. Nebraska City Police Captain Lonnie Neeman, looked for the teen in many different locations throughout Nebraska and the United States.
“We had tips that she was everywhere from I believe McCook, Texas, Iowa, Fremont, Lincoln, just everywhere,” says Neeman.
He goes on to say that she has been the focus of the department for months.
“We sent in subpoenas, records. It’s phenomenal the amount of man power and hours that we have invested in trying to find this young lady,” says Neeman. “To be gone for three months, that is uncommon.”
The Nebraska State Patrol says Johnson was believed to be in the company of Brock Wichman, whose car was found in a parking lot in Fremont on Dec. 29.
Authorities issued a felony arrest warrant for Wichman on Jan. 31 and he was arrested at the same location where Johnson was found, according to Nebraska City police. He is currently being held at the Dodge County jail, waiting extradition to Fremont County, Iowa jail on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The NCPD confirmed the charges are related to Johnson’s disappearance.
“They’ve been dating for quite some time, I think they met through mutual friends,” says Neeman.
Neeman hopes that the police will not have to conduct another search effort for Johnson.
“To me the big concern is number one her safety, and obviously we hope she doesn’t take off again,” says Neeman.
Neeman says the Lincoln, Papillon, La-Vista, McCook, and Fremont Police Department assisted in the search. They also were helped by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.