MILO – After being missing for just over two weeks, the body of a Milo man was found in the Sebec River last Tuesday.
“It kind of shocked us a lot and I’m still shocked about everything that happened,” said Josephine Rancourt, who knew Cevonte Johnson for four years.
Johnson was a graduate of Penquis High School and loved community member.
He was just 24 years old when he went missing and was found deceased in the Sebec River.
“He was always happy, always smiling and listening to music,” Rancourt continued. “He was always just dancing and bee-bopping around.”
“He was a real loving, friendly kid. He loved his sports. He loved writing poetry. He would take the shirt off his back if he knew you were cold,” said Tina Saunders, a family friend who knew Johnson for 16 years.
Since his passing, the community has come together in several ways to remember him.
On Sunday night, more than eighty people turned out for a candlelight vigil.
“I was very surprised there was that many people. We were very grateful, very appreciative,” Saunders continued. “Like I said, the love for that family.”
For now, the community is left with more questions than answers.
“What actually happened? Obviously we’re all waiting for those autopsy results to come back because we’re not going to have closure until we know,” Saunders said.
Authorities say the circumstances surrounding Johnson’s death are still under investigation.
There has been a GoFundMe page set up for his family.
Saunders said they are holding a spaghetti supper at Penquis High School on February 9. Entry is by donation.
Local businesses have also donated items to be raffled off.