Alton students find dead body in woods behind school

Students at East Elementary in Alton found what appeared to be a dead body in the woods near their school at recess Wednesday.

The students reported what they saw to their teachers, who called the police. Alton Police confirmed that they found the body of a dead white male in the woods behind East Elementary School, but there was no “overt evidence” of foul play.

School officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but police confirmed that parents have been notified of the incident.

The man’s identification is still pending, police said, and no further details can be released until his family has been notified.