'There's a leg in my garbage can!' Woman finds lost limb in the trash
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
It’s a missing leg mystery.
A Las Vegas woman said she found a prosthetic leg in the trash outside her home.
She lives near Desert Inn and Fort Apache in The Lakes community.
Emily Coronna has no idea how it got there or who it belongs to.
Coronna was taking out her trash when she noticed the prosthetic.
“I was putting all my bulk trash out on the curb,” said Emily Coronna.
“I had gone inside to grab another load and I came back out,” she continued.
That’s when Coronna noticed the lost limb.
“There's a leg in my garbage can!” she said with a laugh. “It was just laying there."
The lost limb has a leopard socket and painted toenails.
“I knew right away. My brother is an amputee so I knew it was a prosthetic leg and I knew it did not belong in the garbage,” said Coronna.
Coronna can’t help but wonder who it belongs to.
“They don't typically get thrown away,” explained Coronna.
Coronna said she went to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“I was hoping someone had reported it missing and no one had, so they asked me to hold on to it,” said Coronna.
News 3 also called Metro Police.
An officer told us that to report a missing or stolen prosthetic, the person would need the serial number on the limb.
“Ultimately I knew there was an owner,” said Coronna.
A quick search of the internet led Coronna to Prosthetic Center of Excellence in Las Vegas.
Coronna said the business made part of the prosthetic leg.
“They're trying to get ahold of the owner and they know who it is and at this point in time, are unable to get ahold of that person,” said Coronna.
News 3 called the company, who told us they called the patient but the phone number was disconnected.
Yet, Coronna isn’t giving up.
She knows it was lucky she was the one to find the leg because someone else may not have known the value.
“I'm so blessed, I'm so glad,” said Coronna.
“I told my brother, if this had ended up in my neighbor's trash, it may have stayed there and gone to the dump and that would be so sad,” she continued.
Prosthetic limbs are uniquely built for their owners.
The parts are generally not re-used in the United States.
Instead, the parts are usually shipped to other countries to be re-used.
If you happen to know who the prosthetic leg belongs to, email Kelsey Thomas at KThomas@sbgtv.com.