Bludgeoned Body Found Near East Bay Elementary

Possibly dumped after beating on nearby bike trail

A woman's body was found in a ravine near Richmond's Lincoln  Elementary School this morning, a police spokesman said.

Police are investigating the discovery as a possible homicide.

Around 6:30 a.m., a passerby told police there was a person down  in the Richmond Greenway, a trail that runs parallel to Ohio Avenue, police  Lt. Mark Gagan said.

Arriving officers found the body of a woman in her 40s who appears  to have suffered blunt force wounds, Gagan said. The body was located in a  ravine alone the path, about 50 feet from Lincoln Elementary School at 29  Sixth St.

"We don't know exactly where or when the crime occurred," Gagan  said.

No suspect information was immediately available in the apparent  homicide, which would mark the city's 26th murder of the year.

Police are working with the school to ensure that students do not  witness the investigation.

The school's auditorium, which is the closest building on the  campus to the spot where the body was found, is closed, but classes are being  held this morning, Gagan said.

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