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Police probe death of man found behind Norwood school

Grounds searched for evidence after body found

The body of Vincent Lalli, 66, of Somerville was found in this area behind the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

The body of Vincent Lalli, 66, of Somerville was found in this area behind the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School.

A body with “significant trauma” discovered by a dogwalker behind a Norwood middle school has been identified as that of a 66-year-old man from Somerville, authorities said.

The victim, Vincent Lalli, was reported missing to police in Somerville a week ago and was identified through fingerprints, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office said Thursday. His death is being investigated as a homicide.

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Authorities said they believe Lalli was killed elsewhere before his remains were left behind the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School on Washington Street in South Norwood. The body was discovered about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near a cluster of playing fields.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey did not elaborate on Lalli’s injuries during a press conference near the school Wednesday evening.

Classes were held Thursday at the school, but after-school activities were canceled.

“While this is a disturbing event in our community, we all have confidence in our Police Department and their abilities to keep us safe and solve this situation,’’ Superintendent James Hayden posted on the School Department’s web page.

Hayden wrote that school officials had reassured students Thursday after “this isolated event” and that “we plan to continue our classroom routines and classes.”

David Traub, spokesman for the district attorney’s office, urged anyone with information about Lalli’s recent activities to call the State Police at 508-820-2121 or Norwood police at 781-762-1212.

Brian MacQuarrie can be reached at brian.macquarrie@
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