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Body of man found on El Monte elementary school playground

The body of a man believed to have committed suicide was found Thursday morning on the playground of an El Monte elementary school, officials said.

Deputies were called to Miramonte Elementary School at 10620 Schmidt Road after staff discovered the body about 7:15 a.m., sheriff's officials said. Homicide detectives were no longer investigating the incident Thursday afternoon because it was an apparent suicide.

No information was immediately available about the victim.

Michele Earle, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View School District, said school officials worked quickly to keep Miramonte's 545 students from seeing the body of the man, who had no known connection to the school.

"Students were kept inside their classrooms and in the cafeteria to shield them from the playground area while the police conducted their investigation," Earle said. "The safety and security of Miramonte's students is the No. 1 priority during this very difficult day and we are grateful the students did not see the body."

Parents would be notified of the incident, Earle said, and counselors were made available for students and staff.

The incident marks the second body found at an area school in a week. On Friday, police found the body of a woman in her 30s who reportedly hung herself at Brainard Elementary School in Lake View Terrace.

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— Kate Mather

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