COSTA MESA, Calif. (CNS) — A clogged pipe on Freeway 55 on Baker Street in Costa Mesa could contain human remains, officials said Tuesday as efforts to clear the pipe were underway.
Officials from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol became aware of the blockade Monday, calling for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Scott Steinle.
Work to remove the obstruction began at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Steinle said. Until the blockade is lifted, authorities will not be sure if the remains are human, he added.
A Caltrans crew inspecting a culvert with a robotic camera spotted what appeared to be a skeleton around 9:30 a.m., according to CHP official Anselmo Templado.
The coroner and a Caltrans warden came up with a plan to free the remains by flushing the pipe with water, but they encountered a problem with debris stuck in the pipe, Templado said. A vacuum was used to suck out the debris, Templado said.
Access to the pipe is about 26 inches wide, so it’s possible a person climbed in, but the pipe narrows.
Templado said there was no evidence of foul play.
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