Lungs Found On Los Angeles Sidewalk


An investigation is trying to determine whether a pair of lungs were found on a Los Angeles County sidewalk and where they came from.

What appear to be internal organs were found on the sidewalk at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on South Avalon Boulevard in the unincorporated community of Athens in South Los Angeles, said Lt. Margarito Robles, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The individual who came across the organs "did what she [sic] should have done" and called the police, he said. Detectives responded to the scene, and the coroner was called as well.

The coroner's office is now in possession of the organs to perform testing to determine if they are lungs and whether they belonged to an animal or a human.

"I don't think they're lungs. I don't know what it is," said Detective Phil Martinez of the LASD Homicide Bureau. "It takes an expert to determine that. A coroner doctor has to take a look at them, and that's not scheduled until tomorrow."

But Martinez said the organs in question certainly looked like lungs.

"They looked like internal organs. They'd been sitting out there all day long," he said.