Another Day, Another Body Part Found in L.A. Wastewater System
The discovery of body parts at two L.A. County wastewater treatment plants got more macabre today when an additional body part was found.
File photo of a water treatment facility by Skrytebane / Flickr
An official with the L.A. County Department of the Coroner tells the Weekly the find was reported to that office about 9 a.m. The location was the same wastewater treatment facility where remains were found Saturday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department:
Investigators believe the body part is part of the same trio of finds, also including Monday's discovery of remains at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County wastewater treatment facility in Bassett.
It couldn't be determined what today's part was, the coroner's official told us. "You can't tell at this point," he said. "There's not much left."
The remains from Bassett were comprised of an upper torso, authorities said; The parts from the Saturday find included a pelvis and legs.
It was reported that an arm was missing from the upper body, so that might explain today's discovery. We'll see.
In any case, sheriff's investigators say the 7:57 a.m. find at the Los Angeles County Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) at 24501 S. Figueroa St. will be treated as part of homicide investigation, according to the Sheriff's Department.
An employee made the discovery, officials said.
On Monday a detective said it was possible the body, that of a female, could have been dumped in a manhole that leads to the treatment facilities.
A spokesman for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County told us, by the way, that the water at the Bassett facility is recycled into our drinking water system. Ew?
The ID of the woman was yet to be determined and it wasn't yet clear when that could be done, a coroner's official said today.