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Last week, a pair of lungs were discovered by a woman walking just outside Los Angeles city limits. The coroner later identified the lungs as animal, not human, which was what the local community had originally feared.
The woman found the lungs on a sidewalk around 8:30 p.m. last Sunday on South Avalon Boulevard just south of Los Angeles, according to Lieutenant Marjarito Robles, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.
The woman immediately alerted police who soon after arrived at the scene and the lungs were taken to the Los Angeles County Coroner for examination.
Before the examination was completed, no one knew whether they were the lungs of an animal or a human and some even questioned whether they were lungs or other internal organs including Detective Phil Martinez of the LASD Homicide Bureau:
“I don’t think they’re lungs. I don’t know what it is”
“It takes an expert to determine that. A coroner doctor has to take a look at them.”
After examination, the coroner’s lead investigator, Lieutenant Fred Corral made a statement to the public:
“We have examined the lungs and determined that they are not human and not of forensic value.”
Additionally, “Corral said investigators did not figure out what kind of animal the lungs came from or how they came to be deposited on the sidewalk,” according to the LA Times.
Corral also added, ““they’re not of forensic value,” Corral said. “We’re going to dispose of them.”
The community had cause for concern that it was a pair of human lungs after a traumatizing murder that occurred in January. Just months ago, found in the foothills below the Hollywood sign that overlooks Los Angeles, a decapitated human head and severed hands and feet were found.
Detectives later revealed after the coroner’s examination that the remains of the body were identified as 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin, a former Mexicana airlines employee.
While the case of Medellin remains unsolved, the Los Angeles Police Department has finally found the lead suspect in the case. Luka Rocco Magnotta was tracked down in Berlin just two weeks ago. Magnotta, a 29-year-old native of Canada, is said to have been the boyfriend of Medellin, according to the LA Times.
While the lungs found on a sidewalk case has been closed, the murder of Medellin remains open.
Currently, investigators are looking into Magnotta’s whereabouts at the time of his partner’s gruesome murder.