L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Lungs on sidewalk: Officials unsure if organs are human's or animal's

Coroner’s officials said Monday they will examine what appears to be a pair of lungs that were found on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles to determine if they belonged to a human or an animal.

Someone called to report what she thought were organs about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, said the possible organs were not attached to a body, and he found the situation “a little strange.” He said it was unclear when the examination would be performed.

Sheriff's sources familiar with the investigation said much will depend on the corner's assessment of the organs. They noted that even if they turn out to be human lungs, it will not be clear if they resulted from foul play or were discarded remains from some other source. 

“We don’t know if it’s even human,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline Panis. “We don’t even know what was found. … I can’t even tell you; it might be a dog.”

ALSO:

Missing Long Beach woman, two children found in Sylmar  

Commerce Secretary John Bryson given medication after seizure

Autopsy planned on decomposing body found in Cadillac Escalade   

-- Matt Stevens, Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: