Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like this would make a bigger splash in the local news world, as reminiscent as it is of a Stephen King story:
Students Find Dead Body Near School in WestbrookThe following day the story was followed up on in the www.keepmecurrent.com article mentioned above:
School got off to a frightening start for some elementary school students in Westbrook Wednesday. They discovered a dead body.
School officials say four 2nd-graders chased a ball from the Sacarappa School playground into some nearby woods, and found the body. They thought the person was asleep.
They notified a teacher, who confirmed the person was dead. Police were called in, and the school immediately sought to calm the children.
"Our job has been to make sure the children are OK with it emotionally. We called in our guidance team and a social worker has been with the children all afternoon. We called the parents and have sent letters home to all the children. The children are doing absolutely fine," said Assistant School Superintendent Jan Bretton.
Guidance staff will also be at the school Thursday morning. Police say the death does not appear suspicious.
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Police identify body found near Westbrook schoolThe sermon blog of the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church here in Portland mentions John's passing, adding the detail that the spot he died on was that of the grave of his much-missed dog. He must have been very lonely without him.
by Robert Lowell, Staff WriterAugust 31, 2006
Police have identified the body of a man that was found at about 12:20pm August 30 in the woods behind the ball field at the Saccarappa School in Westbrook. Police say the man was John Allard, 54, of Westbrook. Police said while they don't consider Allard's death suspicious, they are awaiting the results of an autopsy before closing the investigation. Allard's next of kin have been notified, police said.