By Peter Chawaga, Associate Editor, Water Online
A bizarre discovery at a wastewater treatment plant in mid-December seems to have gruesome origins.
“Detroit police and the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the recovery of two objects at a Detroit waste water treatment facility that are believed to be human remains,” the Detroit Free Press reported. “Staff members at the Water Resource Recovery Facility noticed an object in the water by the wastewater screening area — a portion of the plant that filters out debris from the wastewater before it goes into the treatment process.”
It appears that the staff initially concluded that the discovery resembled human remains but notified the Detroit Police Department to determine the exact origins of the objects.
“It happened at about 7:30 p.m. when a plant employee called police after finding what appeared to be a possible kidney or liver,” according to WXYZ.
As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the next day the staff found more remains and the police department took custody of that object as well. Then, the next week, plant staff found a third organ, per the New York Daily News.
Despite the irregularity of the finds, officials assured the public that the treatment operations of the plant were not disrupted.
“This does not affect the water treatment process,” said Amanda Abukhader, a spokesperson for the Great Lakes Water Authority, per the Free Press.
Regardless of quick action by the plant staff and best intentions from police, the true origin of the human remains may not be known for some time.
“It could be a month before experts can determine the origin of what’s thought to be human organs found at a Detroit wastewater treatment plant,” reported CBS Local.
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