Human leg stolen from vehicle belonging to nonprofit outside downtown LA restaurant By John Gregory
It was unclear if the thieves knew they had stolen a human body part.
In a statement, OneLegacy said it has notified the donor's family and instituted a corrective action plan in the wake of the theft, requiring employees to never leave organs and tissues unattended in a vehicle.
OneLegacy and the coroner's office said they have obtained a DNA sample from the donor to aid in the investigation in the possibility that a leg is recovered. The coroner's office released the following statement on Wednesday: The Office of Medical Examiner-Coroner is aware of-and distressed by-the theft of a body part after its transfer from the County to OneLegacy, our organ and tissue procurement organization. This harvesting was done with the permission of the next of kin. At this time, as we continue to gather details, the department will have no additional comment."
In a statement, OneLegacy said the nonprofit "regrets the loss of the opportunity to fulfill the donor family's wish to heal."
Meanwhile, the coroner's office suspects a member of their staff leaked details regarding the stolen leg to the media.
"As it stands today, we do not know who 'leaked' the information, but it appears at face value to be one of my employees," Fajardo said in an incident report to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.