A body was found near prestigious private school Harvard-Westlake in Studio City, Calif.

Police described the body as "tied up," reports Studio City Patch, and that a "death investigation" is currently underway.

The adult male body was found at around 8:18 a.m. Friday morning by a Harvard-Westlake security guard, notes CBS2/KCAL9. The deceased man, estimated to be in his 30s, was found across the street on Coldwater Canyon. The body was tied to a tree, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Head of Campus Operations and Construction J.D. De Matte confirmed to the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle that the deceased man was not a part of the Harvard-Westlake community, but the grisly discovery is no doubt an unusual and upsetting tragedy for the exclusive prep school.

Harvard-Westlake is well known locally for its challenging curriculum and celebrity alumni. The school's most famous former students include actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tori Spelling and director Jason Reitman.

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $30,350, but 18 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid from the school, notes the Harvard-Westlake website.

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