17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead rolled up in gym mats in his high school gym. Investigators declared his death an accident and closed the case. However, his parents believe foul play was involved and they want justice!
(CBS/AP) SAVANNAH, Ga. – The parents of a Georgia teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school said Thursday the fact that their son was recently found to be buried without his internal organs is a new reason to suspect signs of foul play were covered by investigators.
The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found Jan. 11 in South Georgia. Lowndes County sheriff’s investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident, falling headfirst into an upright mat and becoming trapped. But Johnson’s family believes he was killed and has been pressuring authorities into taking a second look at the case.
“I don’t believe this was an accident,” said Harold Copus, an Atlanta private investigator who looked at the death scene imagery. “I think this young man met with foul play.”
The private pathologist presented a four-page report of his findings Aug. 15 saying he detected hemorrhaging on the right side of Johnson’s neck. He concluded the teenager died from blunt force trauma near his carotid artery and that the fatal blow appeared to be non-accidental.
Johnson’s family said Anderson also revealed that most of his internal organs were missing and the body cavity was filled with newspaper.
Johnson’s family asked the Justice Department to get involved, arguing that authorities failed to investigate Johnson’s death thoroughly because he’s black. But the Justice Department found insufficient evidence to support an investigation. U.S. Attorney Michael Moore in Macon has been monitoring the case but has yet to announce whether he’ll take any further action. Moore did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.
We’ll keep you updated on this story. Sounds like foul play from what is being reported and it seems like maybe the police department is trying to cover up for whomever did this to this young man.