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Police say Houston man found dead in dumpster at Galveston school may have died by suicide

Police are investigating the death of 28-year-old Jarrett Bennett whose body was found in the dumpster at Austin Middle School.

GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston police have identified the man who was found dead in a school dumpster Thursday. 

They said 28-year-old Jarrett Bennett, from Houston, may have died from "self-inflicted" injuries.

His body was found in a dumpster at Austin Middle School on Ursuline Street Thursday morning. Investigators said yesterday that the body was found in a bag. 

"This investigation is still underway and the injuries sustained are believed to be self-inflicted," GPD said in a statement. 

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Galveston ISD said the investigation had nothing to do with students, faculty or staff at Austin Middle School and classes and school operations resumed as normal. 

Read the district's statement below:

"Galveston Police Department is currently conducting an ongoing investigation outside of Austin Middle School. The investigation does not include GISD students or staff members, and normal school operations are not affected. Parents of Austin Middle School students have been notified.

"GISD Police Chief Josette Rivas is working with local law enforcement authorities as the investigation is occurring on district property.

"We will provide additional information as necessary when it becomes available."

A resident who lives near the school said this is very uncommon for the area.

"Nothing like this has ever happened," she said. "I mean we've had strange people walk by and every time I see somebody like that I don't know I automatically call the cops and let them know, but this, no this shocked the heck out of all of us."

The Galveston Police Department is urging anyone with information related to this incident to call 409-765-3702. You can also give information anonymously by calling Galveston Crimes Stoppers at 409-765-8477. 

Police said they will release more information as it becomes available.

Check out video of the scene below from Air 11:

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