Police: Dead man found outside Brownstown Elementary; read statement from school


Updated at 3:43 p.m.

A 38-year-old Scott County man was found dead outside Brownstown Elementary School this morning.

Police responding to a call at 10:05 a.m. found Earl D. Campbell of Austin lying on the ground on the west side of the school building. A teacher’s aide had initially found Campbell’s body and called 911, Police Chief Tom Hanner said.

Police Chief Tom Hanner said the cause of Campbell’s death remains under investigation.

An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Wes Whitler on Tuesday afternoon at Schneck Medical Center, and no anatomical cause of death was found, Coroner Roger Wheeler said.

“Blood work is pending,” Wheeler said.

Police do not know why Campbell was in Brownstown and no vehicle was found at the scene, Hanner said.

A soft lockdown was put into place throughout the remainder of the school day, Hanner said. That means exterior doors are locked so people cannot get in and out of the building. However, students and teachers are not confined to their classrooms. Students were allowed to go home at the end of the school day, Hanner said.

The school has around 700 students.

Brownstown school officials released this statement:

“There was no threat to any students or staff at any of our schools. Classes are continuing as scheduled. When we first received information on this incident, we implemented our school emergency guidelines. We also activated our school and corporation crisis response teams. Our crisis response teams immediately went into action and are providing help for our students, parents and faculty.”

The high school sent out emails to parents and students alerting them of the situation.

The one to parents reads as follows:

“Parents, at BES this morning, the police were called to identify a body that was found. All students were and are safe. A letter is coming home with your BCHS student today regarding this.”

Police are investigating.

Updates will be made as information becomes available.

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