Finding Kendrick Johnson | The sheriff at the center of the investigation for the
murder death of Kendrick Johnson says he is offering his own reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Sheriff Ashley Paulk released a letter Monday saying he is offering $500,000 of his own money.
“After the release of my synopsis of the federal files on the Kendrick Johnson case, his parents have called me a liar and continue to state that Kendrick was murdered,” he wrote
“Because of these statements, I am personally — with my own funds — offering a reward of one-half million dollars … to anyone who comes forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of a person for the alleged murder of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes County High School.”
Questions over Kendrick’s death began on Jan. 11, 2013, the moment he was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat, which was standing upright in a corner of the gym. His sock-covered feet were sticking out and there was blood found on his shoe located nearby.
The initial autopsy revealed that Johnson died due to ‘positional asphyxia’ or that he suffocated as a result of being stuck upside-down in an enclosed space for an extended period of time. Just after 24 hours of being found, the investigators ruled Johnson’s death an accident
“A private pathologist was hired to carry out a second autopsy. This time, the autopsy revealed that Kendrick Johnson had suffered hemorrhaging on the right side of his neck, which meant that he likely died from blunt force trauma.”.
The second autopsy revealed the cause of death was non-accidental blunt force trauma to his right neck and right thorax, which is the body cavity between the neck and abdomen. The autopsy was done in June of 2013.
The third autopsy also contradicts the findings of the first autopsy, which determined the cause of death as positional asphyxia.
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