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Police deny that Lanza first visited high school

Updated 11:24 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013
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NEWTOWN -- A State Police spokesman Thursday said there is "no truth" to reports that Adam Lanza was seen in the Newtown High School parking lot on the morning of Dec. 14 shortly before he went to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children and six adults.

Rumors have persisted since shortly after the shootings that the 20-year-old gunman drove his black, 2010 Honda Civic to the high school sometime after 9 a.m. but left after seeing a police cruiser outside the building. The speculation has been widely fanned on the Internet in recent days.

"It's a rumor," state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. "There's no truth to it whatsoever that we have been made aware of."

Vance said a number of news reporters have asked him if Lanza had first gone to the high school, but investigators had no information indicating it was accurate.

"I've heard it from other reporters," Vance said, "but not from any of our people."

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe also said he had heard nothing about the report during previous meetings with investigators.

Lanza attended the high school but did not graduate. The school is located directly between the Yogananda Street home he shared with his mother and the elementary school on Dickinson Drive.

Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy, in their home before going to the elementary school.

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