The organ was encased in a fluid-filled mason jar, which was packed in a cardboard box stuffed with hazardous materials. Someone dropped the box off at the landfill sometime between 12:30-3 p.m. during a county-sponsored hazardous materials drop-off program.
“Nobody can remember for sure who brought the box,” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.
County environmental services worker Lisa Beursken held onto the heart until Monday, when she turned it over to Sigsworth. He, in turn, took it to the Erie County coroner’s office for testing, to see if it once belonged to a human.
“It appears to be human, but we don’t know that for sure,” he said. “The coroner will be able to properly identify and dispose of it.”