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Woman’s body found hanging in tree at Lake View Terrace elementary school

Brainard Elementary School, 11407 Brainard Ave., Lake View Terrace
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The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office says the body of a woman was discovered this morning hanging from a tree at a San Fernando Valley elementary school.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says the body was reported at around 7:30 a.m. today at Brainard Elementary School, located at 11407 Brainard Ave. in Lake View Terrace.

Some reports have the call closer to 7 a.m. KTLA reports that the body was found “in a remote corner of the yard area near a storage unit” and adds that classes were not affected.

An LAPD spokesperson told reporters the case was “an apparent suicide” -- suggesting that she hanged herself, although that detail has not been confirmed.

The identity of the woman, said to be in her 30s, has not yet been revealed pending notification of her family.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo says children are being kept indoors until the investigation is concluded, and that crisis counselors are on hand.

-- Associated Press and staff reports

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