Besides the severed head, authorities find human ashes in McKinley Park lagoon

FOX 32 NEWS - Two separate investigations are now underway after human ashes were discovered in the McKinley Park lagoon. This discovery is in addition to the severed head that was found in a bag floating in the lagoon on Friday.

On Tuesday, a Chicago Police diver was cleaning up after another day of searching in the murky, muddy waters of the lagoon. Police have also not found any additional body parts that could be connected to the severed head.

What they have discovered is being described as human ashes. They were inside boxes that were inside cloth bags with draw strings that had the name of a funeral home on them.

This latest discovery is just another bizarre development for people who live near the park.

“It's really bad, it's really bad, maybe somebody tried to hide something, it's really bad situation,” said Joel Herrera.

Police are treating the discoveries of the ashes and the severed head as separate investigations. They say it could be that someone just found the ashes in their basement and got rid of them in the lagoon, or possibly that the funeral home disposed of them, which would be a crime.

Meanwhile, the work continues to drain the lagoon. The water is being pumped down the sewers and it's expected to take until at least Saturday and maybe until Monday before all the water is removed. That will allow police to more thoroughly search for additional body parts that could be related to the severed head.

However, residents are beginning to wonder if the lagoon is just a giant dumping ground for whatever.

“It seems that way, because after hours, after five o'clock, six o'clock, especially right not it gets really dark so you never who's wandering around,” said Jaime Magana.

Police are still waiting for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to identify the severed head.

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