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CHESTERTON — Police are investigating the discovery of human afterbirth, but not the baby, in a portable toilet near a bike trail.

The police were called to a parking lot off Babcock Road at the Prairie Duneland bike trail, adjacent to the Golfview subdivision, about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. About a half hour earlier, a passerby observed the remains in the portable toilet, according to Police Chief Dave Cincoski.

When police arrived, they confirmed the material, which was removed. Police conducted a thorough search of the remainder of the contents of the tank, and did not find any other items, Cincoski said. A search of the area was conducted, but nothing else was recovered.

Cincoski said the department is treating this is an active case, but it is not being investigated for criminal charges.

"At the present time in the investigation, the department's intent is to determine the physical health and welfare of parties involved," Cincoski said.

He said he could not "confirm either way at this point in time if it is or is not" related to Tuesday night's discovery of a newborn baby girl in a safe baby box at a fire station in Coolspring Township in neighboring LaPorte County.

"However, that is being pursued as part of our investigation," Cincoski said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Dan Rocha, of the Duneland Investigations Division, at 219-926-1136. 

Chesterton police were assisted in the investigation by the Burns Harbor, Chesterton and Porter fire departments and the Chesterton Street Department.

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Joyce has been a staff writer for The Times for more than 20 years. She is the municipal and education reporter for Porter County. She is an amateur genealogist and writes a blog, Remember your Roots, appearing online each Thursday.