PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) - Medical examiners are investigating whether a heart found in acar wash is from a human or animal.
The owner of Soapy's Car Wash at 621 W. Michigan Avenue foundthe heart Monday on the floor of one of the wash stalls.
"I couldn't tell if it was animal or human and then I started tothink about it. It was kind of an eerie feeling," Bill Newell told24 Hour News 8.
"Just sitting kinda up in the corner leaning against the cornerthere. And I was picking up the quarters, and when I turned I thinkmy boot just hit it a little bit, and it was laying down, rightthere, right on the floor. I looked at it and it really didn'tclick in because I've seen animal parts in there before.
"Deer hides and animal parts and...I've seen that. But whatbothered me about this was the bay had not been used...just thatheart was there by itself and it was kinda suspicious. So that'swhy we called police."
An officer arrived and took the heart to an animal clinic, andwas advised the veterinarian could not determine if the heart wasan animal's heart nor rule out it possibly being a human heart. Acardiologist was called to examine the heart and couldn't rule outat this time the possibility that the heart may be a humanheart.
Paw Paw police contacted Sparrow Hospital's Forensic ServicesDivision in Lansing and requested a pathologist complete anexamination of the organ for positive identification.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with Kent County Chief Medical ExaminerStephen D. Cohle who said mammal hearts have four chambers. Thereis a range of different sizes in human hearts, depending on the ageand health of the individual. He said it is likely forensic labtechnicians will look at a range of antibodies, and could use DNAtesting.
"Until we know exactly what it is, if it is or is not human,then we'll know exactly what game plan to put in play until we knowexactly what it is," said Paw Paw Police Chief PatrickAlspaugh.
Newell said he was last at the car wash on Saturday. Policebelieve the heart could have been left there sometime between thenand Monday.
Those who use the car wash say they can't believe what wasfound.
"I guess I was a little surprised. You didn't know if it washuman or deer. If you would have said you found a deer heart, Iwould have thought, 'Oh, ok,'" said Dick Pasman, who uses the carwash.
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