SOUTH EL MONTE — Officials are investigating the discovery of an 18-year-old man’s body found hanging from a piece of playground equipment at an elementary school as an apparent suicide, authorities said.
School employees arrived at Miramonte Elementary School, 10620 E. Schmidt Road, prior to the school day before 8 a.m. and found the body hanging from a piece of equipment on a playground at the south end of the school, Detective Steve Blagg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
While the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the young man died, Blagg said there were no initial signs of foul play.
The scene appeared consistent with a suicide, Blagg said.
The body was discovered before school started, and officials quickly erected tarps to conceal the area, preventing any students from seeing it.
By the early afternoon, coroner’s officials had removed the body and there were no remaining signs of the investigation.