Delaware County middle school closed due to homicide investigation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 01:47PM
Classes cancelled after body found: Katherine Scott reports during Action News at Noon on October 24, 2017.


DARBY, Pa. - Classes will resume Wednesday at the Penn Wood Middle School in Darby after a homicide investigation prompted officials to close the school for a day.

The closure came after someone found a body near school grounds early Tuesday morning.

Police say two males were in cars Monday night in the area, and only one of them was left alive.

The man killed was in his 60s and often frequented the Darby neighborhood.

Police believe the two men knew each other.

A car was towed away from the scene.

Police are waiting for the medical examiner to determine how the man died.


Students arrived to find police crime scene tape surrounding part of the school. They were then sent home.

Detectives were on the 100 block of Summit Street. They were called out to investigate after someone found a body nearby.


As day broke the road remained shut down as detectives searched for evidence.

Initially the middle school was going to open on a two-hour delay, but then administrators decided to close the school to students for the day.

Teachers were told to still report to school.

Some people were surprised to hear about the police activity in the area.

"To hear something like this, where... oh my God," said resident Tina Hayes, "on a quiet street. It's basically a quiet street. It's frightening."

There are surveillance cameras installed on the outside of the school, but it is not clear if they recorded anything that might be of use to investigators.
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