Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts employees happened upon a startling sight Wednesday morning when they discovered two bodies in a maintenance area of the Florida school.
West Palm Beach police responded shortly before 6:30 a.m., and authorities later identified the Dreyfoos bodies as Ted Orama and Christopher Marshall, two custodians who worked at the high school, WPTV reports.
While local officials have named the two dead, they declined to provide more information about the circumstances of their deaths and would not specify if there was any indication of foul play.
"It's an open death investigation," West Palm Beach Police spokesman Capt. David Bernhardt told the local NBC affiliate. "That way we're not limiting to ourselves what type of investigation we are doing. It could turn out to be a homicide investigation later on, it could just be a normal death investigation."
However, sources close to the investigation told The Palm Beach Post that police are searching for another school custodian, 53-year-old Javier Burgos, who is considered a suspect in the deaths.
Palm Beach County School District spokesman Jason Shockley said that no students were on campus when the bodies were discovered, according to The Sun Sentinel. After the police arrived at the school, the area was cordoned off, and a SWAT team investigated the scene.
"Everyone throughout the school district is deeply saddened by the events that transpired today at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts," the Palm Beach County School District said in a statement released to local media. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to workers, family, friends, and community members that have been impacted."