Could you imagine being a young kid at summer camp and stumbling across a dead body in the woods? That’s exactly what happened to a group of kids at Camp Lenox in Otis, Massachusetts.
Officials for the camp say that three of the oldest kids at the camp (all of them were 16-years-old) found human remains in the woods just outside of the camp property. This all happened on Thursday afternoon, at about 3:30 p.m. The body was found in the woods behind Camp Lenox.
Police were quickly called and dispatched to the scene. According to their reports, the remains of the body indicate that the person who died likely passed “quite a while ago” and died by suicide. They say he was 35 at the time of his death. However, police have yet to release the man’s identity.
Dave Procopio is the spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police. He explained what exactly happened at the summer camp to the New York Post in an email on Friday.
“Four campers from the camp, all juveniles, located the remains and went back to the camp to report it to counselors, who called police,” Procopio said. “The investigation remains open and an autopsy is expected to be concluded. We believe we have identified the body as that of a 35-year-old male.”
Since then, a local medical examiner has taken over possession of the body. A Berkshire DA spokesman Andrew McKeever said in an email that “The investigation is ongoing.”
Summer Camp Officials Speak Out
There is no question that Camp Lenox is extremely popular in the Northeast. Many people view it as a premier summer sleep-away camp for both boys and girls. It offers all kinds of awesome sports programs that are led by top-notch coaches.
The camp is open to children from the ages of 7 to 16. Directors at Camp Lenox wrote an email to parents of the children on Thursday, in an effort to be transparent about what happened. Officials at the camp say that the kids were out collecting wood for one of their biggest events of the summer — the “Rope Burn.”
For those who don’t know, a rope burn is a team event that is common among summer camps. Each team races to build a fire. From there, they see who can burn the rope first, which sits just above the flame. As a matter of fact, you can check out a Camp Lenox rope burn firsthand. Just check out the camp’s YouTube channel.
“A counselor and 3 of our oldest campers were in the woods at the border of camp and private property collecting wood for a big event called, ‘Rope Burn,'” the email stated. “We really have no other information at this time. [We] will keep you informed if there is any news that is relevant to camp.”