Metro-East News

Body found behind Alton school identified

An Alton man whose body was discovered by schoolchildren Wednesday has been identified.

The body of Justin D. Joyce, 34, of Alton was found in the wooded area behind East Elementary School during recess on Wednesday. The children reported seeing his body to their teachers, who notified police.

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Joyce was pronounced dead at the scene, apparently having died as a result of hanging, according to the Madison County Coroner’s Office. There was no evidence of foul play found, investigators said.

The death remains under investigation by the Alton Police Department and the coroner’s office. Funeral arrangements are pending.