A child-size casket with a bag of organs inside has been found dumped on a Philadelphia sidewalk.
The sickening discovery was made when people spotted the coffin at the 3000 block of West Clearfield Street in North Philadelphia at about 9pm on Monday.
The white casket had been wrapped in a large trash bag.
Police opened the casket at the scene and found a plastic bag inside that contained the child’s organs.
The medical examiner’s office later confirmed the bag contained two organs belonging to a child.
There was no body found inside the coffin.
‘According to the medical examiner, (they) were in fact human organs. They believed they belonged to an infant or a child. What’s unusual is inside the coffin, other than the bag of organs, there was no body,’ Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS3.
Police believe the coffin may have been taken from a funeral home or possibly dug up from a fresh grave.
The casket had recently been pried open, according to police.
‘There have been cases where people take remains or human bodies for whatever unusual reason they decide… but we’re going to look into that,’ Chief Scott said.
A witness, Chris James, was at the scene when police arrived and recorded part of the ordeal.
‘At first, they thought it was a false alarm,’ he told Philly.com.