Bodies found inside Dreyfoos School of the Arts ID'd

Ted Orama
Ted Orama

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Questions still remain after two custodians were found Wednesday inside Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Update, THU 7 AM: The deceased found at Dreyfoos School of the Arts have been identified as Ted Orama and Christopher Marshall, according to Capt. David Bernhard, spokesman for West Palm Beach Police Department.

Previously: West Palm Beach Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies inside the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Wednesday morning in West Palm Beach.

Police were called to the scene just before 6:30 Wednesday morning after employees found the bodies.

Palm Beach County School District spokesman Jason Shockley confirmed that one of the people found dead was a school custodian.

"It's an open death investigation," West Palm Beach Police spokesman Capt. David Bernhardt said. "That way we're not limiting to ourselves what type of investigation we are doing. It could turn out to be a homicide investigation later on, it could just be a normal death investigation."

Captain Bernhardt could not confirm if a crime had been committed.

He said it appeared the bodies were found in a maintenance or supply area of the school building. They were not found in a classroom. He said there was no obvious sign of how the two people died. He declined to give the ages or genders of the victims.

Matthew Baquero, who graduated from Dreyfoos a month ago, said he knows a number of custodians and was close to a few of them. "I can't believe this is happening at my school this is stuff that you only see in the news like somewhere in Connecticut or in another state but I can't imagine this happening at my school right now."

The FBI was on the scene briefly but left after learning there was no active shooter on campus.

"I don't know. It's a hurtful thing to look back and see that happening right now,"said Dreyfoos graduate Linton Swaby.

Police, including SWAT, were in and out of the school all morning. The SWAT team was inside to secure the building.

"Our hearts are broken by the tragic loss of lives at the Dreyfoos School. It is a sad day for our schools, community and our workers. While the investigations are underway and we are anxiously waiting to know the details, our heartfelt condolences go out to the co-workers and families," SEIU-Florida Public Services Union President Alphonso Mayfield said in a statement.

Officers began removing police tape around 3:30 p.m.

The Palm Beach County School District released this statement:

"Everyone throughout the School District is deeply saddened by the events that transpired this morning at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. We will continue to support the efforts underway by the West Palm Beach Police Department as they continue to actively investigate the case."

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