Human Heart Found Lying In An Ohio Field (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Somebody's heart stunned idlers hanging around the appropriately titled Friendship Store in Ohio -- literally.

The North Central EMS crew were hanging out near the shop in Norwalk on Aug. 25 when they stumbled upon someone's heart sealed up in a zip-top bag in a field, WOIO reports.

They immediately alerted police, who were as equally as baffled by the organ.

"This is pretty unusual," said Norwalk Sgt. Jim Fulton, adding they're now making the story public to help solve the mystery. "We have no idea where it came from."

"It could have come from a funeral home, an autopsy," he added. "There's endless possibilities."

Even more puzzling is the fact the heart seems to be in good condition, with only slight decomposition. Police do not believe it is tied to any criminal activity.

"I talked to the Lucas County Coroner and she seemed to think that it hadn't been in that field very long. It could have possibly been frozen prior to that," said Fulton. "We don't have a body that we're missing a heart from. So I guess it's an unusual occurrence, is what you would say. It's what's listed on our report. We hope to be able to classify it as something else and close this out." 

A coroner is investigating the heart further to confirm if it is from a human or perhaps a pig, which has a similar heart structure.

“They’re 95 percent sure it was human,” Norwalk police Chief Dave Light said, reports the Dayton Daily News. “But they want to make 100 percent sure.”

It's not the first time somebody has found a human organ lying around, The Chicago Tribune reports.

In June, Pennsylvania police discovered a human brain on a suspected robber's porch. They believe the alleged criminal tried to use the organ's fluids to help him get high on marijuana.

"At this point now, we're just trying to figure out where it came from," Pennsylvania State Trooper Bob Hicks said. "We're hoping that if anyone feels like they're missing a human specimen brain, bring it to our attention and maybe we could return it to its rightful owner."

Sources: WOIO, Dayton Daily News, The Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Wikimedia CommonsWOIO

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