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Body found near melting snow pile at Rochester elementary school

Police say the unidentified woman's body appears to have been at the location for some time.
Credit: KTTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Rochester police are investigating after a woman’s body was found at a community elementary school Wednesday afternoon.  

Squads were dispatched around 4:40 p.m. after a man walking his dog spotted a person dead by a snow pile in the parking lot of Gage Elementary School.

An update from Rochester police Thursday indicates that the body, identified as belonging to a 22-year-old woman, appears to have been there for a month or two. There was no visible signs of trauma on her, and police aren't sharing her name until family is notified. 

With warming temperatures, the body may have been buried in the snow, and revealed as snow melted. 

Investigators worked into the night Wednesday processing the scene, gathering evidence and working with the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

At this point police aren't elaborating on what may be her cause of death. 

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