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Family Exhumes Body of Local Soldier to Look For Clues Into Her Mysterious Death

May 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

lavenacasket(KMOV) — News 4 is taking you behind the scenes of the investigation into the death of a local soldier. The death of Private Lavena Johnson is clouded in controversy and allegations of a cover up.

News 4’s Matt Sczesny was there as investigators exhumed the body of Private Johnson and conducted a new autopsy. (Video)

For almost two years, Private Lavena Johnson’s body has been at Jefferson Barracks Cemetary. Her family believes some secret about her death is still there, waiting to be found.

It was an April morning when workers exhumed Johnson’s casket at Jefferson Barracks to continue the search for answers. Answers different from the ones Johnson’s family has been getting from the military. 19-year-old Lavena died in July of 2005 at a base in Iraq. The army says Johnson killed herself with a single gunshot. The more they looked into her death, the more doubts her family raised. Read more…

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