PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are investigating a disturbing discovery on a North Philadelphia street Monday night.
People walking along the 3100 block of W. Clearfield Street came across an infant- or child-sized casket lying on the sidewalk just after 9 p.m.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer William Watts, Sr. Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
“I was pretty shocked,” said Chris James. “It looked like something straight out of ‘Thriller.'”
Officers arrived and opened the casket to find a bag of organs inside, but no body.
“According to the medical examiner, [they] were in fact human organs. They believed they belonged to an infant or a child,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small. “What’s unusual is other than the bag of organs there was no body.”READ MORE: Report: Ben Simmons Not 'Mentally Ready' To Play For Sixers, Out Indefinitely
Small described the casket as “fresh” and recently pried open. Investigators are looking into whether someone stole it from an area funeral home or if it was dug up from a cemetery, including Mt. Vernon directly across the street from where the casket was found.
“There have been cases where people take remains or human bodies for whatever unusual reason they decide,” Small said, “but we’re going to look into that.”
The Office of the Medical Examiner now has the casket and the organs for further investigation.
Police plan to have cadaver dogs search Mt. Vernon and Laurel Hill cemeteries nearby for freshly dug up graves.MORE NEWS: Higher Wages, Sick Pay Now Attached To Pennsylvania's Incentives