The investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, whose body was discovered inside a rolled-up gym mat at a Georgia high school in 2013, has been reopened, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.
His death was ruled accidental, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation formally closed the case in June of 2020.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s Sheriff Ashley Paulk isn’t leaving any questions unanswered in this case that has received national attention.
Paulk said his agency started trying to acquire those documents on April 2, 2020. All the letters written to get these documents were handwritten by Paulk and Kendrick Johnson’s father. Paulk told First Coast News Tuesday.
He says he can’t talk about the documents’ specifics because they’re all sealed. The acquisition of these documents, on the other hand, aided the agency’s decision to re-open the investigation.
Johnson’s body was discovered at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, about 120 miles northwest of Jacksonville, in a rolled-up gym mat.
According to investigators, Johnson died of accidental asphyxiation after being trapped in the mat while attempting to recover a shoe.