Officials are investigating the discovery of a human heart in a pile of salt at a Tennessee Department of Transportation facility.
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said crews working at McEwen were preparing for inclement weather Thursday when they found something unusual that was later confirmed to be a human heart.
Officials were searching for other piles of salt at the facility on Friday.
Davis said the organ was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Nashville, where testing of tissue samples confirmed it was an adult male human heart.
He said the heart had become dehydrated from the salt and it was unclear how long it had been. Davis told WKRN-TV in Nashville that the facility was being treated as a crime scene.
He encouraged anyone who thinks they may have information to contact the TBI or sheriff’s office.
“Everybody’s somebody, and at the end of the day if I go to rest at night I’m going to be upset that we did everything we could for this person and their family,” Davis told The Associated Press. Could have.”
US Customs and Border Protection said it intercepted the lid of an Egyptian canopic jar of a funerary deity named Imseti on August 17. Such vessels were used to store the viscera of people who were to be mummified.