Officials confirm search for human fetus at home near downtown Columbia

Woman brought the fetus from Lexington to Columbia, police say

4PM UPDATE: Officials confirm search for human fetus at home near downtown Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Law enforcement officials are currently searching for a human fetus at a home in Columbia on Wallace Street in the Cottontown subdivision.

Officials with the Lexington Police Department said they were given information by several sources that a human fetus was delivered by a woman from her home in Lexington. The woman, according to police, took the fetus to a home in Columbia where it was buried.

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Coroner’s Office is also on the scene assisting with executing a search warrant. There is also an anthropologist on the scene.

“The anthropologist is trained in excavation, and of course, he has been assisting us in where to search and how to search,” explained Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

Officials are also using cadaver dogs as part of the search.

At this point, no remains have been found.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed that police have been in the area since 9 p.m. Monday night. Fisher also said neighbors should not be alarmed as they believe this is an isolated incident.

"It’s really scary to think about, "said neighbor Jenna Marco. “Whatever has happened, I feel so bad for the people involved and affected, and I hope we get more answers soon.”

WIS has also spoken with someone close to the family who said the daughter of the woman who lives at the home had a second-term abortion in February. The mother allowed the daughter to bury the fetus in the backyard of the home.

Lexington Police have not confirmed this information, but they did not provide a timeline as to when the woman delivered the fetus, only that they were made aware of it Monday afternoon.

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