CHICAGO — A man's body was found stuffed inside a trash can Monday morning, close to a "Safe Passage" route in Englewood, police said.
Streets and Sanitation workers discovered the body about 10 a.m. in the 700 block of West 61st Place, police said. Police said the man is believed to be in his 40s.
The body was found less than a block from the the Safe Passage route on Halsted Street that serves students from Nicholson Technology Academy.
The identity of the man remained unknown as of Monday evening, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which said he may have suffered head trauma before his death.
Nicholson is accepting students from Bontemps Elementary School, which was among 49 schools closed by the Chicago Board of Education.
With more than 400,000 students returning to school Monday, a spotlight has been shined upon Safe Passage routes.
On Sunday, 14-year-old Lavander Hearnes was gunned down yards from Melody Elementary.
Last week, a man was killed and four others were wounded in a hail of gunfire near an Uptown Safe Passage route.
The cause of the death is under investigation.