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Woman's upper body found at L.A. County sewage plant

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:34 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013

BASSETT, Calif. » The upper half of a woman's body was found Monday at a Los Angeles County sewage plant and investigators believe her lower half turned up two days earlier at another plant some 30 miles away, authorities said.

The woman's body may have slipped into the wastewater processing system through a manhole or sewer line in the San Gabriel Valley east of downtown Los Angeles and been mangled by a pump before wastewater was distributed to processing centers, sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson said.

One of the woman's arms was still missing.

Rosson said workers checking a plugged line found the woman's head and upper torso at the plant in unincorporated Bassett, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, KNBC-TV reported.

"Anything that comes into this water plant must move through a 17-inch line before going through a centrifugal pump," Rosson said. "So you can imagine what kind of damage to a person's body would happen."

On Saturday, a woman's foot, both legs and pelvis were found at a plant in Carson. In each case, the remains were found in bins that hold debris separated from sewage wastewater, authorities said.

The plants are connected by sewer lines and investigators believe the remains are from the same person, Rosson said.

County coroner's officials will try to determine the woman's identity and what killed her, but Rosson said the death was being investigated as a homicide rather than an accident.

"People don't just fall into a manhole cover," he said at a news conference.

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LMO wrote:
on October 29,2013 | 03:00AM
tutulois wrote:
Oh, I pray for the poor people who found her -- what a traumatic experience it must have been. And I hope they can identify her soon, so that her family can give her a decent burial and memorial service. Just unbelievable.
on October 29,2013 | 05:23AM
lokela wrote:
That's just not right. There could be a demented person running around.
on October 29,2013 | 06:22AM
false wrote:
correction; There is.
on October 29,2013 | 09:39AM
Makua wrote:
In college many years back I remember a story told in one of my engineering classes. A previous class was on a field trip to the local sewage plant to observe the real estate, physical plant and machinery necessary to process the effluent. The first devise at the plant is a screening process to stop large items mixed in the effluent from moving forward. At that screening area the class witnessed what had presumably been dropped into a street manhole up line; a dead newborn baby. I've never forgotten that story.
on October 29,2013 | 06:50AM
krusha wrote:
Probably the worst way to die that you can think of...
on October 29,2013 | 06:52AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
A timely Halloween story.
on October 29,2013 | 07:35AM
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