Body found in school parking lot

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a person who was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of Live Oak Elementary School late Monday afternoon.

"From our investigation so far, it doesn't appear that foul play was involved," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell Monday night.

Live Oak Elementary School Principal Ericka Anderson sent a school messenger call to parents of students, advising them of what had happened after students had left school for the day. The message read as follows:

"This evening after dismissal, a deceased person was found in a vehicle parked in our school parking lot. Emergency medical personnel and law enforcement were contacted immediately and an investigation is ongoing.

"Although this did not happen during the school day, I wanted to personally inform you of this information as I am sure the sight of emergency vehicles on our campus would be a cause for concern. No students or staff were in danger at any time and it appears that the only link to Live Oak Elementary is the fact that the car was found on our campus.

"If information warrants a follow-up call to parents please know I will do so. I want to thank those of you that have contacted us out of concern."