Sheriff Offers $500k Reward in Tragic Case

Sheriff Offers $500k Reward in Death Probe

( – Unsolved cases and those with little evidence to help investigators understand how someone died are often the most difficult to accept. With this in mind, it’s not surprising the parents of a Georgia teen criticized the local sheriff after he announced the closure of the investigation into the death of their son. However, the sheriff is now offering $500,000 of his own money if someone can provide more information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

On Monday, January 31, Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk announced he would offer up half a million dollars of his own money to anyone providing critical information resulting in an arrest and conviction associated with the alleged murder of Kendrick Johnson. Johnson died in January of 2013. People found his body, head down, rolled in a wrestling mat stored vertically in the high school gym.

The investigation finally closed after police ruled the death an accident. They believe Johnson tried to get his shoes out from inside the vertical mat, got stuck, and died of accidental asphyxiation. However, Paulk still decided to offer the reward, saying that he would listen if anyone came forward with new details.

The Hill shared more about Johnson:

If it turns out this incident was not a freak accident, hopefully, this sheriff’s money can help provide information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Closure, especially for Johnson’s family, is something every person needs to move forward in the grieving process.

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