Police have identified the teacher found dead at Danvars High School on Wednesday morning.
Colleen Ritzer, 24, of Andover, was found in a wooded area near Danvers High School early Wednesday. The student will be arraigned on a murder charge, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.
Police started investigating after Ritzer was reported missing late Tuesday night because she had not returned home from work and was not answering her cellphone. Investigators found blood in a second-floor school bathroom and soon located the victim, he said. He did not say how Ritzer died.
“She was a very, very respected, loved teacher,” Blodgett said, calling the killing a “terrible tragedy.”