Authorities Probe Suspicious Contents in Freezer Left at Thrift Store

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Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the contents of donated freezer at a thrift store in Loma Linda on June 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

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Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the contents of a freezer left outside a thrift store in Loma Linda on Tuesday.

Investigators with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 8:30 p.m. from Re:Live Thrift in the 24800 block of Redlands Boulevard after a volunteer found something resembling a torso inside the freezer.

The freezer was dropped off in a parking lot near the store around 3:30 p.m., witnesses said.

Employees thought it was a donation, but said  it smelled so bad they didn’t want to open it.

A few hours later a man who volunteers at the thrift store decided to take a look.

“It kind of smelled kind of old … and there in (the) bottom was a tightly wrapped torso-looking shape,” Joseph Abilez said.

Abilez told store employees who called the sheriff’s department.

The suspicious object in the freezer was later determined to be the remains of a dog, according to sheriff’s department spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

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