Body parts, which most likely all belong to the same woman, have been found at two water-treatment plants around the L.A. area in the last few days. According to KTLA on Oct. 29, the gruesome find on Monday of a woman’s torso was the second such find in a few days. Saturday the pelvis and two legs were found in Carson, at another water treatment plant.
Police are treating these two finds as a homicide, which they conveyed at news conference today. The upper torso found Monday is believed to match the pelvis and both set of legs that were found over the weekend.
The two separate water-treatment plants in which these human remains were found are 20 miles apart, so how did the torso end up near Whittier and the City of Industry and the pelvis and legs end up in Carson?
Police believe the body they are dealing with is possibly the remains of a Hispanic woman. They do not believe this was the case of a mutilation death. Police believe someone disposed of a body down a sewage line.
They believe they did this in a sewer line about 18 inches in diameter or bigger. The body was discovered when workers were checking a plug in the line, so this grisly find is what appeared to be plugging up the works.
The police believe that it was the inner workings of the sewage system itself that pulled the body apart. The head and the left arm of the body is still missing and most likely still in the system. Crews are draining the tank and a hazardous materials team will enter a closed space where the head may possibly be found.
This gruesome find seems to be getting more grotesque daily as more information about the discovery makes the news. This isn’t the first time body parts were found it the water-treatment system and it’s usually the process of separating the waste from the water that also works in the separating of a body into parts, so police have seen this before.
"Anyone with information about a missing female was encouraged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477 (TIP), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit the website http://lacrimestoppers.org."