Los Angeles County officials say human leg stolen from van

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 10:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities are investigating the theft of a human leg from a van belonging to an organ and tissue donation organization.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1GjUYHk) the limb was stolen early Monday while staffers for the nonprofit One Legacy stopped for a bite at a downtown restaurant.

When they returned to their vehicle, the cooler containing the wrapped and chilled leg was gone.

Coroner Mark Fajardo said in a letter to county supervisors that it's likely the thief didn't know what was in the cooler.

The theft was reported to police.

Officials obtained a DNA sample from the donor to identify any limb that's recovered.

Fajardo said family members of the late donor were notified.

Confidentiality laws prevent officials from releasing any information about the donor's identity.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/