Woman's Remains Found at 2 Water Plants Near LA
Police believe they belong to a single person
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
A screen shot from NBC Southern California video of the City of Industry plant.   (NBC Southern California video)

(Newser) – A grim case in California: The remains of what may be a single person have been found in two separate wastewater facilities outside Los Angeles. A head and torso were discovered at a wastewater treatment plant in the city of Industry as officials checked out a blocked line yesterday; on Saturday, a leg and foot were found in a water pollution plant in Carson, some 30 miles away, NBC Southern California reports. The two plants are interconnected. Police are treating the case as a homicide, KABC notes; the victim may be a Hispanic woman.

The body—whose left arm hasn't been found—could have been moving through a sewage line and dismembered by treatment gear, police say. The body may have been dropped through a manhole, they note, per CBS Los Angeles. "Anything coming into this plant comes in through a 72-inch line. It goes through a centrifugal pump, so you can imagine what kind of damage to a person’s body would happen," said a sheriff's lieutenant following yesterday's find. LA Weekly notes that the Industry facility does feed into the water supply, but a sanitation rep explained that because the remains were uncovered early in the treatment process, public health is not in jeopardy.

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MexicoJuan
Oct 29, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
A Sickdadday at work..
tc909
Oct 29, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
Sounds like a Harry Bosch novel.
justreading1
Oct 29, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
How awful! My condolences to the victim's family and friends.