A man reported missing from Kansas City, Kan., was among a group of people celebrating a close friend’s birthday on a party bus before he disappeared early Sunday morning.
As authorities searched for the fifth consecutive day for 26-year-old Matthew Johnson, one of Johnson’s friends, Dynikah Brown of Kansas City, Kan., said the man was among a group celebrating her 27th birthday Saturday.
The group spent hours on a party bus.
“Everybody was in good spirit and having a good time,” Brown said.
Brown said she last saw Johnson about 2:15 a.m. Sunday when he was dropped off at a parking lot near Ball’s Sun Fresh on 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan., to retrieve his car.
Johnson, Brown said, later communicated with another friend via the FaceTime app. He told the friend that he was lost.
The friend called Johnson about an hour later to see if he had made it home, Brown said.
“And we haven’t heard from him since,” she said.
Police have not said if foul play is suspected. Attempts to reach a detective working on the case were unsuccessful. Messages left for Johnson’s family were not returned.
Johnson was last seen about 3:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Nearman Drive. His vehicle was found about a mile and a half away near North 59th Street and Sewell Avenue.
Family members reported Johnson missing about 10 p.m. Sunday.
Police have searched for clues in Johnson’s disappearance since Monday, including several nearby wooded areas.
Investigators have also used drone technology in the search.
Brown said Johnson is a respiratory therapist at a hospital in north Kansas City. She said it is unlike him to not communicate with family and friends.
“I’m worried,” Brown said. “I’m scared. My heart is broken. We need to find him.”
Family and friends have organized several searches this week looking for Johnson, but authorities have taken the lead for now, Brown said.
“We just ask that everyone keep the family in their prayers,” she said.
Johnson is described as a black male, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. He wore a black T-shirt and white shorts shown in a picture Kansas City, Kan., officials released earlier this week.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).