VALDOSTA, Ga. – The body of Kendrick Johnson was discovered on Jan. 11, when his body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at Lowndes High School gymnasium.
Although his face was bloated from blood that had pooled, his dreadlocks were soaked with blood, and there was blood found on the floor, local authorities contend that Johnson was the victim of a freak accident.
They say that he suffocated because of the position that he was in.
They have maintained that stance even after additional evidence indicates that blood was found on his shoes, on his sweatshirt and on the bathroom wall in the school.
The official version of events is that somehow Johnson became entangled in the wrestling mat while he was reaching for a shoe and simply became trapped.
Johnson’s parents believe that their son was murdered and they continue their quest to find out the circumstances of his death.
They successfully won the right to have a second autopsy performed on their son and when the body was exhumed it was shockingly discovered that his organs has not been returned and his body has been stuffed with newspaper.
Surveillance footage from the school shows Johnson entering the gym just after 1 p.m. and walking toward the far corner where the mats were stored. There is no footage of Johnson leaving the gymnasium and the parents have implicated that there might be some type of cover-up surrounding the circumstances of their son’s death.
Dr. Bill Anderson, the private pathologist who conducted the second autopsy and discovered the Johnson’s organs missing, said that he found evidence of a blow to Johnson’s head that was consistent with an “inflicted” injury and believes that Johnson’s death resulted from non-accidental blunt force trauma.
Private investigator Harold Copus who once worked as a federal agent told CNN,
I don’t believe this was an accident. I think this young man met with foul play.
Johnson’s father, Kenneth Johnson will continue to fight to find out the circumstances surrounding his son’s death and said, “My family won’t be satisfied until someone is behind bars and someone is convicted for what happened”.