[UPDATE 12/1/2016 3:20 p.m.] The Mesa County Coroner's Office released the identity of the body found near Orchard Avenue Elementary on Tuesday (Nov. 29).

The body was identified as Thomas Shepard, 35, of Grand Junction. Shepard died from a pre-existing health condition.

[ORIGINAL STORY 11/29/2016] A body was found near Orchard Avenue Elementary School early Tuesday (Nov. 29) morning.

Police responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. where they found a body lying on 19th Street near the local elementary school. They are unclear how long the body had been there, and they didn't see anything else suspicious in the area.

The identity, gender and body condition are still unknown but has been released to the coroner.

Police have cleared the scene and classes will go on as scheduled.

Check back for updates as more information becomes available.