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'It's just scary': Woman found dead behind Lansdowne Middle School

By Mike Hellgren,

2023-01-31

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'It's just scary': Woman found dead behind Lansdowne Middle School 02:37

BALTIMORE -- Police are working to identify a woman found dead behind Lansdowne Middle School Tuesday morning.

Officers responded at 8:10 a.m. to the 2400 block of Lansdowne Road for "a suspicious death," a police spokesperson told WJZ.

Police said the woman was found in the back of the property of Lansdowne Middle School near the cafeteria, unconscious with blood.

"I was more than shocked because my daughter had called me," parent Betty Rencher said. "She said something was going on at the school. She wanted me to come and get her. I called up to the school to see what was going on. They didn't tell me there was a body found."

In a letter, Lansdowne Middle School Principal Ryan Warfel warned parents of the increased police presence at the school.

"This morning, a body was found on school property," Warfel said. "We immediately contacted the Baltimore County Police Department and officers responded to the school. Officers confirmed that it was an adult victim, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene. The area was blocked off and we worked with police to ensure that students were diverted away from the area as they arrived at the school. Students are being kept inside as a precaution and we anticipate dismissal will take place on time."

Rencher told WJZ she's now concerned for her eighth-grade daughter's safety.

"It's just scary that the kids may not even be safe in school," Rencher said. "I'm sure mine is not going to want to go to school tomorrow."

Shakur Brown, who lives in the apartments behind the middle school, said he was walking his children to their classes when he saw the crime scene.

"It's traumatic," Brown said. "My prayers and energies go out to whoever that is and their loved ones."

The body was loaded into a van and taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

People at the apartment complex said many walk behind the school as a cut-through to get to a convenience store.

Police tell us this is still an active investigation.

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