If you can remember, back in 2011, Jason Smith, 14 of Louisiana was found murdered and his organs were missing and his death was ruled an accidental drowning……….can you say cover-up?
Now, a 17-year-old Georgia teen named Kendrick Johnson was found wrapped in a gym mat at his school on January 11, 2013, in what was originally ruled an accidental asphyxiation. But his parents were suspicious and had him exhumed and examined by a private doctor. That doctor found evidence of “non-accidental” trauma, and now reveals that every organ from Kendrick’s pelvis to skull — including his brain, lungs, heart, and liver — is missing, CNN reports.
Newser.com also reports: Newspapers were stuffed into the cavities the organs should have occupied “like he was a garbage can,” his mother says. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which conducted the first autopsy, says it put all the organs back in afterward. But the funeral home that embalmed Kendrick tells the family’s attorney that before it got the body the organs “were destroyed through natural process,” and then “discarded by the prosecutor.” The county sheriff, meanwhile, says the death is a closed case and refuses to discuss it.
Yesterday, CNN revealed photos and video from the scene of Kendrick’s death that raise serious questions about investigators’ work, showing among other things blood stains on the wall that weren’t investigated. “They know something happened in that gym,” Kendrick’s father says, “and they don’t want it to come out.”
Two entities had custody of Kendrick Johnson’s body after his death — the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which conducted the first autopsy in January; and the Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, which handled the teen’s embalming and burial.
GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang told CNN that after the autopsy, “the organs were placed in Johnson’s body, the body was closed, then the body was released to the funeral home.” That’s normal practice, Lang said.
The funeral home would not comment to CNN. But in a letter to the Johnson’s attorney, funeral home owner Antonio Harrington said his firm never received the teen’s organs.
Harrington wrote that the organs “were destroyed through natural process” due to the position of Kendrick Johnson’s body when he died, and “discarded by the prosector before the body was sent back to Valdosta.” A prosector dissects the body for pathological examination.