Wrestling mat traps and kills student

Published On: Jan 15 2013 11:03:11 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 15 2013 11:08:54 AM EST
Map: Valdosta, Ga.

VALDOSTA, Ga. -

Authorities say a south Georgia high school student apparently climbed atop an upright roll of wrestling mats, fell into a center opening and died after he became trapped inside.

Lowndes County sheriff's officials said Monday that Lowndes High School student Kendrick Johnson, 17, became lodged inside the roll of mats, upside down. His body was found Friday in the high school's old gym.

Authorities say no foul play is suspected. Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine tells The Valdosta Times that an autopsy, investigators and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found no signs of a struggle.

Although investigators do not believe foul play was involved, the sheriff said he and his investigators will continue interviewing students and friends who have additional information.

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