L.A. County Coroner’s Office Investigating Theft of Donated Leg

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The Los Angeles County coroner suspects that a staff member leaked details regarding a stolen leg. (Credit: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times)

An inquiry was continuing on Wednesday involving the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, where the coroner suspects that a staff member leaked details regarding a stolen leg.

The donated leg was taken early Monday from a vehicle belonging to One Legacy, a nonprofit organ and tissue donation organization that works with the coroner’s office, Mark Fajardo, the county’s chief medical examiner-coroner, wrote in a letter addressed to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The Times obtained a copy of the letter.

According to Fajardo, staff members at One Legacy had picked up the leg about 3 a.m. and then decided to eat at a downtown L.A. restaurant. When they came back to their vehicle, the leg was gone. The limb had been wrapped in blue-and-clear plastic and was chilling in a cooler, making it difficult to spot from the outside, he said.

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