Gwent police said the boy was found at around 7.20pm on Friday in Ystrad Mynach Park, Caerphilly Road, Ystrad Mynach. The teenager was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead. Gwent police said an investigation is underway and they are treating the boy’s death as unexplained.
The boy’s school, Lewis School in nearby Pengam, said they were “shocked and devastated” in a statement.
Headteacher Chris Parry said: “It is with immense sadness that today we have heard the terrible news that one of our pupils has tragically passed away.
“Everyone in our school is shocked and devastated by the loss of one of our own.
“We will be providing support for all pupils and staff touched by this terrible news in the weeks and months ahead but in the meantime I’m sure everyone in our community will join with us in sharing our deepest sympathies with the pupils’ friends and family at this awful time.
“We hope they will be given the space to grieve.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Payne, who is leading on the investigation said: “At this time enquiries are ongoing and the investigation into this young boy’s death are still in the early stages.
“Specialists are working to determine the exact cause of death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
“I’d like to appeal to anyone who can assist with our investigation. If you have information that could help, please call us on 101 quoting log 523 12/4/19 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Alternatively, you can send a direct message with information via our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages.”
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