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Police investigating death of woman on Napa school grounds

A woman was found dead Sunday afternoon on a school playground in Napa, police reported. The incident followed police radio traffic of a person on fire on the grounds of Snow Elementary School on 1130 Foster Road.

Officers were called at 2:47 p.m. to a “suspicious circumstance” on the campus and found a woman dead on a playground near the school courtyard, Napa Police announced in a news release.

Radio transmissions indicated witnesses reported to police that a person – but no structures – was on fire, and that the person was confirmed dead at 2:55 p.m.

Police investigators were working to confirm the woman’s identity as of 6:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Capt. Jennifer Gonzales.

There were no public functions at the Snow school during or immediately before the incident, and no threat to the public, said Gonzales, adding that school staff was expected to make an announcement to parents about the case.

Any witnesses or others with information on the case are asked to contact police Detective Garrett Wade at 707-257-9509 or

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