Remains of human fetus found in plumbing in Philadelphia

Posted: February 21, 2012

Plumbers working on a clogged residential toilet discovered the remains of a fetus Monday afternoon in the city's Harrowgate section, police said.

Two plumbers opened a pipe in the basement of a home in the 800 block of East Russell Street about 4 p.m. and found the remains while removing debris from a pipe leading to a second-floor toilet, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

They dialed 911, and responding officers and investigators determined the remains were human, Small said.

The fetus was about 6 inches long and showed no signs of decomposition, he said.

A married couple in their 60s and their adult daughter live in the house, he said. The couple were being interviewed by the Special Victims Unit. The daughter was not home when police arrived.

The Medical Examiner's Office will try to determine the fetus' age as well as the time and cause of death.


Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, bmoran@phillynews.com, or @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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