YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a woman walking near the Lily Pond at Mill Creek Park found what appears to be a human fetus.
According to a police report, a woman from Maryland was walking on the east side of the pond near the wooden footbridge on April 13 when she saw something off the trail in a hole. She thought it was a toy.
It was a small, pink jewelry box with what appeared to be a human fetus about three to four inches long inside, the report states.
On the top of the box, someone had written, “Too perfect for earth 4-6-19.” “We’ll never forget you. Love you forever, Mommy, Daddy and big brother XOXO” was inscribed on the inside.
“I was shocked. I was shocked that somebody would leave, you know, just leave a fetus,” said Ed Baun, who lives in Youngstown.
The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office estimates the fetus was less than eight weeks from conception, saying it appears to be a miscarriage.
“It’s probably a heart-wrenching thing for someone,” said Mill Creek MetroParks Police Chief James Willock. “I can understand their pain. The issue is you just can’t leave it sitting in a public place where people are going to have access to it.”
He said the park is not the place to dispose of remains.
“Oftentimes, people — even in their wills — will request to be disposed in the Fellows Riverside Gardens, or at the Lily Pond or at the suspension bridge,” Willock said. “Obviously, we can’t have that because of the environmental impact and the people visiting the park.”