What was thought to be fetal remains found in a Cahokia middle school bathroom Wednesday night was determined by authorities to be a used feminine hygiene pad.
A janitor found the item Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. in a toilet in a girls bathroom at Wirth-Parks Middle School and police were called to investigate, said Capt. Bruce Fleshren with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was difficult to make a positive determination at the scene because of being submerged and the way the item was wrapped,” Fleshren said in a release Thursday. “The staff at Wirth made the correct call to make sure there were no other issues at hand, and for a proper examine to be done.”
Police had remained at the school for more than three hours while investigating Wednesday night. The coroner was called to the school.
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The item was taken to a hospital and examined, Fleshren said. At that point, medical professionals determined there were no human remains.
Fleshren told the BND on Wednesday that while it’s an unusual case, people have discovered things in the past that appear to be human remains but aren’t.
Art Ryan, superintendent of Cahokia Community Unit School District 187, was at the school Wednesday night but did not comment.
The investigation has been closed, Fleshren said.
Staff reporter Kara Berg contributed to this report.