A box labeled "human remains" reportedly contained only rotten vegetables.
On March 17, a box that appeared to be covered in blood was found near a ditch in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near Palmetto Pointe Boulevard. The box was found in the morning and Horry County police were called. EMT claimed the box, and Horry County Coroner Robert Edge later examined it, Myrtle Beach Online reports.
According to Edge, medical waste is typically gathered from doctors’ offices, hospitals, and funeral homes. The remains are then incinerated to abide by proper guidelines. As Palmetto Pointe Boulevard mostly consists of residential neighborhoods, it would have been odd for a truck containing human waste remains to be in that area of the city.
"It’s just kind of a mystery what it was doing on that road because there are no businesses down there," Edge said, according to Myrtle Beach Online. "No doctor’s offices or anything like that."
Edge examined the box with forensic pathologist Edward Proctor Jr. Although the box was covered in labels that read, "Human remains, handle with extreme care," "Medical shipment PPS," and "Do not stow," only a rotten tomato and onion were discovered inside.
"I don’t think we’re going to spend the time and resources to investigate something so silly where all we’re looking at is maybe a littering charge," Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police Department said.
Proctor tested the red fluid that covered the box as well. It was determined to not be blood of any kind. Although Edge said they had not figured out what the substance exactly was, it is believed to be a mixture of red food coloring and water.
It is unknown whether someone who worked in a medical facility placed trash inside the box and misplaced it while trying to dispose of the package or if the entire incident was just a prank.
"I suppose you could’ve made a tomato, onion sandwich," Edge joked about the incident, according to WBTW News.