DEMAREST, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say the body of a 65-year-old contractor from New York was found in a utility closet at an all-girls high school in New Jersey.
Police said that he had a seizure while doing installation work.
Demarest police Chief James Powderley says officers received a call from the Academy of the Holy Angels Wednesday about the discovery of a dead Cablevision contractor in a utility room where he was performing an internet installation.
“What we do know is he arrived the day before,” Powderly told WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron.
Powderley said the school building closed while police investigated. They quickly found that students at the private Roman Catholic school weren’t in any danger. The students were able to return to their classrooms and leave at normal dismissal time.
The contractor was identified only as a 62-year-old man. Powderly said he may have left the school and come back at some point, but that has not yet been determined. Later the police said that he had a seizure while doing installation work.
The cause of death is under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are also on the scene trying to determine if his death was a work-related accident or if the man died of natural causes, Waldron reported.
The body was taken to the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office after students were dismissed.
A 65-year-old Cablevision contractor was found dead inside a utility closet of an all-girls prep school in New Jersey after he had a seizure while doing installation work, police said.
Administrators at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest called the police at 11.45am after after finding the body at an area of the school called the Old Theater, Chief James Powderely said. The area is attached to classrooms.
Name - Yesterday - Officials - Man - Contractor The name of the deceased has not been released as of yesterday, but officials said the man was a contractor from New York.
It is believed the man 'had not passed recently' at the time the body was discovered, NorthJersey.com reported.
Students - Catholic - School - Place - Classrooms Students at the private Catholic high school were told to 'shelter in place' in their classrooms, but were not in any danger.