Editor's note: CNN is reporting investigators received an anonymous email claiming a former schoolmate confessed to killing Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson. "So far, the tip is not credible," a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office representative tells NBC News. - Lauren
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On January 11, 2013, Kendrick Johnson's body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, where he was a student. A preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental. Johnson's family had a private pathologist conduct a second autopsy which concluded that Johnson died from blunt force trauma. On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that his office would open a formal review into Johnson's death. The Department of Justice investigation was closed in November 2015 after two Department of Justice motions to intervene were denied. The Department of Justice stated they would not be able to proceed with their case if Jackie and Kenneth Johnson were forced to sit for depositions.[The depositions of Jackie and Kenneth Johnson went ahead despite the DOJ objections. Kendrick Johnson's parents are currently being sued for $850,000 in attorney fees and $1 million in defamation damages.