A passerby found the lungs in South Los Angeles and called sheriff's deputies, who turned the organs over to the county coroner.
Coroner's Lt. Fred Corral told the Los Angeles Times the organs were lungs, but were not from some unknown murder victim.
"They're not of any forensic value," Corral said. "We're going to dispose of them."
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