When a private pathologist opened the teen’s remains, he discovered new grisly details.
“The parents had their son's body exhumed only to learn he suffered a blow to the neck, and all of his organs were missing.” (Via WIS-TV)
“Dr. Bill Anderson said when he opened Johnson's body, it was stuffed full of newspapers.” (Via WXIA)
In a standard autopsy, the organs are removed, examined, then returned to the body for burial. It’s unclear what happened to Kendrick’s organs after the first autopsy, and his parents have been left devastated once again.
The funeral home that prepared Kendrick’s body for burial reportedly wrote a letter to the Johnsons’ attorney that said the organs “were destroyed through natural process” and were “discarded by the prosecutor.” (Via WGHP)
The doctor who performed that second autopsy is now challenging the state autopsy finding. He believes the teen died as the result of “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.” Federal prosecutors are reportedly deciding whether to open their own probe into the case, which has been closed since earlier this year.