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Death of 78-year-old woman in Plainfield deemed natural

School officials said some students on a bus may have seen the body.
Plainfield Police

PLAINFIELD, Conn. — Police are investigating after the partially clothed body of a 78-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday morning. Some students may have seen the woman's body on the ride to school.

Around 8 a.m., police said they received a report from the Dattco School Bus Company saying that a bus driver noticed a partially clothed female lying in a driveway on Beachwood Boulevard.  When they arrived, police found an unconscious female. The woman was taken to the Plainfield Emergency Care Center where she was pronounced dead. The woman has been identified as Elizabeth Hill, 78, of Plainfield.

Police said they treated the death as suspicious but it has not been determined to be a natural death due to atherosclerotic & hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

The Plainfield Police Department was being assisted by the Windham District State’s Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The home is located near the end of a cul de sac. 

School officials in Plainfield alerted parents that their child may have seen "a tragedy" while riding the bus.

In a letter to school families, Plainfield Superintendent of Schools Paul Brenton said "Bus 16" passed a home "with a deceased individual outside," and students riding the bus may have had a view of it.

School officials believe that "very few" students on the bus saw the "tragedy", but are working to be proactive and inform parents, just in case the students come home with questions.

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Counselors and support staff will be meeting individually with students who rode Bus 16, Brenton said in the letter.

This is an unusual and tragic event," Brenton said, and added, "I want all families to be aware that resources are available in the schools for students in need of support."

The letter to families included resources and guidelines for families to use for discussions at home.


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