City police say a human fetus was found in a jar yesterday in an alley behind the 500 block of N. Chapel St.
Police said the fetus was found around 1 p.m. by a Southeastern District officer responding to a report that the jar might contain a fetus.
After police determined the fetus was human, it was sent to the state medical examiner's office downtown, where it was to be examined to determine its sex and age and whether it was placed in the jar while alive.
Police said the fetus may have been left in the jar following a miscarriage.
Efforts were unsuccessful to find anyone near the scene with knowledge of a pregnant woman who miscarried or who did not wish to give birth, police said.