The woman whose body was found Tuesday outside Evanston Township High School died by suicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday afternoon.
After an autopsy, the medical examiner’s office ruled the death was caused by multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the neck.
Before releasing the cause of death, the medical examiner’s office identified the woman as 63-year-old Kathy L. Judge. According to Judge’s LinkedIn page, she worked as a youth counselor in Wilmette. Before that, she worked for a year in 2016-17 as a child care provider for Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
No residence was listed for Judge, who was pronounced dead at the scene near the tennis courts on the north side of the ETHS campus at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday, according to the medical examiner’s office. A Wednesday afternoon news release from the Evanston Police Department said she was an Evanston resident.
An ETHS staff member reported finding the body of an adult female on the school campus “near an outdoor field of the school,” according to an email from Superintendent Marcus Campbell that was sent to students and families Tuesday morning.
The school staffer first discovered the body around 7:30 a.m., EPD Commander Ryan Glew told the RoundTable. The first class block for ETHS students starts at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, though some students arrive earlier for programs like AM Support.
EPD launched a death investigation, the department said on Twitter. Police and school officials determined Judge was neither a school staff member nor a student, according to EPD’s tweets.
“ETHS students and staff were not in danger at any time,” Campbell said in his email. “Everyone at ETHS is safe and there is no threat during the EPD investigation on campus. ETHS classes are being held as planned.”
To secure the crime scene, police shut down Church Street between Dodge Avenue and Wildkit Drive for about an hour Tuesday morning, though Church was later opened to all traffic. No more information about the death investigation will be released publicly, EPD said in its news release.
Those in crisis can dial 988 to be connected to the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which provides 24/7 service across the U.S.