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Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998

T HAVE HEART FOR REFRIGERATED SURPRISE

November 10, 1998

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Holy cow! Or was it a pig?

A Kansas University graduate student from Merriam received quite a jolt over the weekend when she reached into her refrigerator and found what appeared to be a heart in a plastic bag.

Out of town and away from her apartment in the 2400 block of West 24th Terrace since Thursday, Anne Kniggendorf, 23, opened the fridge about 10 p.m. Saturday. Her roommate and sister, Leslie Kniggendorf, a KU sophomore, told Anne she had not noticed the heart and had no idea where it came from, said Sgt. George Wheeler, spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department.

Anne Kniggendorf then phoned police and raced the heart to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where medical personnel said it could be a cow's heart, a pig's heart, or perhaps even a human heart.

According to reports, early indications pointed to a heart of animal origin.

"It has been identified as a heart, but we don't know what species," Wheeler said.

Police are storing the heart in a refrigerator in the evidence room in the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th. The case is under investigation.

Wheeler said the younger Kniggendorf's boyfriend, also a KU student, is a biology major. It was not known Monday whether the sensitive material belonged to him.

"It's nothing scary or weird," Leslie said Monday. "It's just something I'd rather not talk about."

She declined further comment. Anne could not be reached.

-- Matt Gowen's phone message number is 832-7222. His e-mail address is mgowen@ljworld.com.

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