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

June 11, 2012 | 10:59 am

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.”


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