Okanagan Landing Elementary on lockdown after body found in schoolyard

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VERNON - Okanagan Landing Elementary School was in lockdown Monday morning after a body was found in the schoolyard.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says a man’s body was found by some children shortly before school started Monday, May 25. The incident has been deemed a suicide and the B.C. Coroners Service is involved.

Molendyk says the school was put under lockdown to keep students away from the scene and from seeing the body.

“We didn’t want students looking around,” Molendyk says, adding there is no danger to students.

Vice principal Colline Johnson wouldn't speak about the incident, except to say the school is running as usual and providing support to students who need it. 

Police believe the body is that of a 38-year-old man with suicidal intentions who went missing Sunday evening, but that has yet to be confirmed. Indications are the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police were still on scene as of 10 a.m. awaiting the coroner, but Molendyk expected they would be finishing up shortly.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

—This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. May 25 to include additional details from the RCMP and again at 11:55 a.m. to include a statement from Colline Johnson. 

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