Updated, 1:15 p.m. DARIEN, Conn. -- Police have identified the camouflaged man who was seen in the woods near Darien High School as a local hunter.
Police said the man was hunting in a nearby area where he had authorization to be. When he was seen this morning, he was simply returning to his car, which was parked in the parking lot of 345 Middlesex Road.
Police said there was never any threat to the safety of Darien High School or the nearby nursery schools.
Darien High School and two nursery schools were placed on alert Thursday morning when a person in full camouflage was spotted in the woods near the high school, police said.
Darien police received a report around 8:30 a.m. of a white male dressed in full camouflage in the woods within close proximity to the high school. The caller described the male as being between 18 and 35 years old, under 6 feet tall and wearing a backpack, police said.
Numerous officers responded to the area, and Darien High School and the two nearby nursery schools were notified and took precautionary measures while officers searched the area, police said.
During the investigation police said officers discovered evidence of recent bow hunting in nearby woods. Bow hunting is not permitted in the area, police said.
Officers have remained on scene and in the surrounding areas as the investigation continues. Police said there is no reason to believe there is any ongoing danger in the area, and schools have resumed normal operations.