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Stuffing Ga. Teen's Body with Paper Deemed Legal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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."

Reports say 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.


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