Valdosta, GA. -- The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says that a man was arrested after lying to authorities that he knew of someone who had been present during an admission to the cause of Kendrick Johnson's death.
Authorities say that Dalton Chauncey told police on July 18 of a person who was present and heard conversations in which two individuals made admissions that they were responsible for the death of Kendrick Johnson in January of 2013.
The mentioned individual denied every being present or having heard such conversations. Attempts to identify the two unknown person he claimed held the conversation were unsuccessful.
On July 23, investigators met again with Chauncey and explained to him the inconsistencies of his statement and the lack of ability to verify the conversation with witnesses.
Dalton admitted that he had fabricated the story while at the home of a friends in order to boast. He also clarified that the two persons he vaguely identified were fabricated and do not exist.
He was arrested on one count of providing false statements to law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Chris Prine expressed although the investigation of the death of Kendrick Johnson is closed, he continues to encourage citizens to contact investigators should they have information. Investigators have continued to follow up on all information that has been presented.
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