THE TIMES: The GBI was asked by your office to provide assistance. What was the division of labor while the scene was being analyzed and evidence collected?
PRINE: “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted at their Thomasville office shortly after the discovery of Kendrick Johnson’s body. This was done for a number of reasons. This call resulted in a number of GBI personnel, including crime scene investigators and investigative agents, all of which responded from Thomasville, responding. These agents provided assistance with the processing of the scene and the review of video at the school. In part, the decision to contact the GBI was based on the fact that a child had been found deceased at a school. In addition to the physical size of the school and the scene, there were any given number of interviews that may need to be conducted.”
THE TIMES: Do you consider the case to be closed?
PRINE: “Based on the information that was learned during the investigation, our investigative file has been closed; however, in the future, should new or additional evidence be discovered, appropriate investigative actions will be taken.”
THE TIMES: Do you know what considerations are being given to the case by Attorney Michael Moore’s office?
PRINE: “No. Again, I am aware that the investigative file was forwarded to Michael Moore’s office and would welcome his review of the file.”
THE TIMES: Do you have any family members or godchildren who knew or who were involved with Kendrick Johnson or his family? If so, what was the nature of the relationship(s)?
PRINE: “I have a daughter and two granddaughters, none of whom go to Lowndes High School or knew Kendrick Johnson.” The sheriff added later that he also has no godchildren.
THE TIMES: Did you at any point in the investigation have a person of interest or a suspect in the case?
PRINE: “Our investigators have remained objective and explored all avenues that were presented, including rumors. Each time a bit of information was learned, investigators made every possible effort to examine the information and interview the persons named.”