Body found behind Piedmont High School football stadium identified

Body found behind Piedmont High School football stadium

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The body that was found behind the football stadium at Piedmont High School by some students Friday morning has been identified.

Officials say the body found was identified as 19-year-old Cody Wyatt Simpson of Love Mill Road in the Unionville community. There was no evidence of foul play.

The students observed an unresponsive person lying in a ditch behind the bleachers of the football stadium around 9 a.m., according to a release from Union County deputies. An emergency medical team pronounced the male deceased on the scene.

Officials say a bicycle was found next to the individual and preliminary information suggests the person might have been involved in a bicycle accident.

“Just shocked that it would happen to us. You know you hear of bodies being found, but you would never think Piedmont and finding a body behind the bleachers,” said student Caleb Baucom. “Everybody is down. They don’t know what to think. Other than that, you can tell it was not a normal day at Piedmont.”

Travis Murphy is friends with the student that found the body.

“This morning I got a text saying they had found a dead body,” said Murphy. “He was one of the first kids to show up to school. Actually saw it, notified the office.”

Detectives say the person was not a student at the school and does not appear to be connected to any of the students or staff.

A body was found behind the football stadium at Piedmont High School by some students Friday morning.
A body was found behind the football stadium at Piedmont High School by some students Friday morning. (Source: Google Maps)

“Police tape everywhere, crime scene tape everywhere. Didn’t know what was going on,” said student Elijah Price. “It is disturbing that a body was found behind the campus but I am glad it was not a student.”

“When you get to school and find out there is a dead body behind the stadium where you are playing football games, it is weird. Shook me up,” said Baucom.

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