Monday, January 20, 2014
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia regulators say a funeral home broke no laws when it used newspapers to stuff the body cavity of a Valdosta teenager found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school last year.
However, the Georgia Board of Funeral Service also concluded using newspaper to fill space left by missing organs is not a "best practice" and other materials would be "more acceptable."
The Valdosta Daily Times reported the board relayed its findings to the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, who died a year ago. Investigators ruled his death a freak accident, but the family insists he was killed.
Johnson's parents had the body exhumed last summer for a second autopsy and were told newspaper was found inside. They filed a complaint with state regulators.
(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press)