Possible Human Organs Found Floating at Detroit Wastewater Plant Three Times in One Week
The Detroit wastewater plant mystery continues to thicken.
For the third time in one week, an organ was found floating at the Great Lakes Water Authority’s water recovery facility.
The organ was discovered before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, WJBK reported. It is still unclear if the organ belongs to a human or an animal.
On two separate instances last week, two kidneys were found at the same facility, one on Friday and another on Saturday.
“I know in the past weeks we’ve had some other incidents. There is an investigation into it right now,” Capt. Darin Szilagy of the Detroit Police Department told WJBK. “The results are still not back from the medical examiner for the origin of the recovered organs in the past week, so it’s an ongoing investigation.”
The medical examiner will inspect the organ found on Wednesday to determine its origin.
“It’s inconclusive whether or not the tissue is human,” Lisa Croff, a spokesperson for the Wayne County Department of Health told Detroit Free Press. “It’s being sent out for testing.”
Water Resource Recovery Facility is located at 9300 W. Jefferson Ave. It used to be named the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The ominous discoveries led to concerns about water quality, but a water authority spokesperson told Fox News that the organs won’t affect the process since they were found in the pre-treatment stage of the filtration process.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office told WXYZ that the ‘organs’ may not be connected to a criminal act. As a result, the examiner will prioritize more urgent work over examining the organs and it may take months to find out where they came from.
According to the Great Lakes Water Authority website, the Water Resource Recovery Facility “is the largest single-site wastewater treatment facility in the United States.” The plant treats wastewater generated by up to 4 million people in Detroit and nearby communities.
The facility currently serves the needs of 35 percent of Michigan’s population. The plant was named as one of the top 10 engineering projects of the 20th century in 1999 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.