CARSON (CBSLA.com) — Officials Thursday said they believe human remains found at a water treatment plant in Carson were from the same woman whose foot and calf were found there over the weekend.
The Los Angeles County Coroner responded to the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, 24501 South Figueroa St., around 8 a.m., shortly after the remains were found by an employee, the sheriff’s department said.
The facility is operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
Additional details were not released and it was unclear exactly what authorities recovered.
On Monday, a woman’s torso was found at a waste treatment plant in Bassett. Those remains are believed to be related those recovered in Carson.
The torso of the woman, who was possibly Hispanic, were found by maintenance workers at a facility operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in the 1900 block of Workman Mill Road in Bassett, near the 60 and 605 freeways.
The remains were discovered in one of the facility’s water reclamation plant pools.
“During a check for a plug in a line, they discovered a human torso,” Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson said.
Raw sewage is treated at both the Carson and Bassett plants, then sent out to the ocean or used as recycled water. None of the sewage that arrives at either plant comes from a storm channel.
The woman’s cause of death is unknown and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The death, however, is being investigated as a homicide, Rosson said.
“We’re treating this as a homicide right now because of the fact that nobody can fall into the system,” he said.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.