Watch CBS News

Possible Pair Of Lungs Found On South LA Sidewalk

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A woman walking in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County near Compton found what appeared to be a set of lungs on a sidewalk near a business, authorities said Monday.

The woman made the discovery Sunday afternoon in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, took a picture of what she found and in the evening contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Lt. Jack DeMello of the sheriff's Century Station.

KNX 1070's Vytas Safronikas reports it was the only call the department received about the organ.


"It was right there on the sidewalk at the start of a driveway," DeMello said. "You'd think someone would see someone throw it out there."

Durham School Services, one of the city's biggest student transportation providers, is among the establishments located along Avalon Boulevard.

The coroner and crime lab responded to collect the lungs and any other evidence, he said.

Blood and tissue samples will be used to determine if the lungs are human or animal.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.