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Brownstown Police Continue Investigation After Finding Body At School
Updated September 29, 2016 7:28 AM
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(BROWNSTOWN) - Police plan to hit the streets around Brownstown Elementary School in an effort to find out why a Scott County man was found dead on a school playground Tuesday morning.

Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner says have little information about 38-year-old Earl Campbell of Austin and the circumstances behind his death.

"We're going to broaden the area around the school," Hanner said in an effort to see if anybody heard or saw anything.

Detective John Long interviewed people near the school and many heard or saw things Monday night or Tuesday morning, but none of it can be tied to the investigation of Campbell's death.

An autopsy conducted by Dr. Wes Whitler on Tuesday afternoon at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour showed there were no visible signs as to what caused Campbell's death. There was no blunt force trauma or other injuries and no evidence he died from a heart attack or other medical condition, says, Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler.

A teacher's aide taking a third-grade class to recess at the school found Campbell's body lying on the west side of the building and called 911. Police responded to a call at 10:05 a.m. and found Campbell dead. After the report, the teacher's aide initiated a reverse evacuation drill, where all students immediately went back into the school building and to their classrooms.

Late Wednesday morning police were still trying to determine why Campbell's body was at the school. Police say no vehicle was found at the scene.

Wheeler did speak to Campbell's family members at Schneck Medical Center on Tuesday after they were made aware of Campbell's death but they could not give authorities any reason why Campbell would be at the school.

Students and staff were under a soft lockdown for the remainder of the school day Tuesday, meaning exterior doors are locked so people cannot get in and out of the school.

According to Superintendent Greg Walker, elementary counselor visited with all third-grade classes and other counselors were on call if needed but were not utilized. Centerstone, a local behavioral health and rehabilitation center, also reached out to the school and offered counseling services.



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