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Human Legs, Toes, Fetus Discovered Buried In Plastic Bags

January 26, 1989

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ A hospital administrator said Wednesday he is investigating the discovery of a human fetus and amputated body parts buried on the hospital’s grounds.

Domingo Alvarez, of San Juan’s Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, said he is trying to determine whether hospital employees were responsible for the improper disposal of the remains.

Workers digging a ditch Tuesday behind the hospital’s emergency room unearthed plastic bags containing the decomposed remains of a fetus of undetermined age, along with nine legs and two toes, authorities said.

Police found four more legs at the site Wednesday before calling off their search, said government prosecutor Pedro Claverol.

Forensic pathologist Yucasta Brugal said the nine legs found Tuesday were amputated from patients apparently afflicted with gangrene.

Ms. Brugal said she would question hospital staff about the disposal after the remains were analyzed.

″All I can say is that the parts were not adequately disposed of,″ she said, adding that body parts are usually cremated or buried at an authorized site.

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