Former Army medic finds fetus in Aiea park trash can

Published On: Jan 31 2013 12:42:44 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 07:19:25 PM HST
AIEA, Hawaii -

A gruesome discovery at an Aiea Heights park early Thursday morning has sparked a police investigation.

The mystery surrounds who left a fetus in a park trash can and why.

Honolulu police spent several hours Thursday morning scouring Napuanani Park.

It's where Rick Sanford said he found the box while collecting bottles and cans around 7:30 a.m.

He brought it home and couldn't believe what he found inside.  Rolled up in paper towels was a human fetus.

“It was rolled up in 3 or 4 paper rolls,” said Sanford.  “It was a little boy.  I could tell it was a little boy.  It had all the parts.”

Sanford said the fetus looked a day or two old.   Sanford said as a former Army medic, he had seen his share of dead bodies.  But the sight of a dead child was very upsetting.  Plus, he had to fend off his curious dog.

“He’s jumping on me trying to get to the box.  I remember telling him, you can’t eat a human,” said Sanford.

He called the police who uncovered another strange find in a nearby garage  -- a garbage bag full of medical supplies.

Sanford said the main house on the property is rented to four Navy sailors who are on deployment.  But two women, who Sanford said was the sister of one of the men and another he didn't know, stopped by the house earlier this week.  Police are hoping to find the women to ask them a few questions.

Sanford has questions himself.

“Why would you throw the medical things in the trash can here and put the kid in the trash can there (in the park)?  Why would anybody do that?” said Sanford.

The medical examiner will determine the age of the fetus and if it was stillborn or aborted.

The case for now is being classified as an unattended death.


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