Authorities have identified the man whose body was found behind a Norwood middle school Wednesday as 66-year-old Vincent Lalli.
Lalli was reported missing to Somerville police earlier this week. He was last seen a week ago, District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Norwood Police Chief William G. Brooks said in a statement.
Lalli was identified by fingerprint analysis, authorities said.
Authorities urged anyone with information on Lalli’s recent activities to contact State Police at 508-820-2121 or Norwood police at 781-762-1212.
Morrissey said Wednesday night that a dog walker had discovered the man’s remains behind the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School on Washington Street.
Authorities believe the man was murdered elsewhere and his remains were then dumped a few hundred yards behind the school near a football field, a baseball diamond, and a track.
The school complex contains numerous playing fields as well as a large wooded area.
He said the remains were discovered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in a wooded area.
Norwood School Superintendent James Hayden said today in a statement that the school would be open, but after-school activities had been canceled.
“While this is a disturbing event in our community we all have confidence in our Police Department and their abilities to keep us safe and solve this situation,’’ Hayden said in a posting on the school department’s Web page. “After reassuring our students of this isolated event we plan to continue our classroom routines and classes today.’’
Norwood and State Police and other agencies are investigating, prosecutors said.