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Stuffing Ga. teen's body with paper deemed legal

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Kendrick Johnson, 17, of Valdosta, was found dead Jan. 11. Kendrick Johnson, 17, of Valdosta, was found dead Jan. 11, 2013. Kendrick Johnson, 17, of Valdosta, was found dead Jan. 11. Kendrick Johnson, 17, of Valdosta, was found dead Jan. 11, 2013.

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.

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