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CARSON (CBSLA.com) — Human remains found in Carson over the weekend were a foot and a calf, a coroner’s lieutenant said Monday.

The remains were found by an employee in a bin that holds debris removed from sewage water at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, 24501 South Figueroa St., at 8:11 a.m. Saturday.

The facility is operated the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

The discovery may or may not be an indication of death, coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale said.

“You can live without a foot and a leg or an arm. We can’t assume somebody’s dead just because they are missing a foot and a calf,” Bale said.

It’s not known if the foot found was a left or right foot.

The coroner’s department will make inquiries of other coroners in the area to inquire whether they have any bodies missing a calf and a foot, he said.

Forensic scientists will analyze the bones’ DNA, which will take some time, Bale said. A homicide can be determined if they can assemble a body.

If anyone comes forward to say they lost a leg and a calf, “we’ll take that, too,” Bale said.

Anyone with information about the remains can contact the LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

»RELATED: Human Remains Found In Carson

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