INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A disturbing discovery on the job -- that's what Wayne Brock exclusively told FOX 4 on Monday after he found a human fetus minutes after beginning work on Saturday.
During his more than three decades on the job with water pollution control for the city of Independence, maintenance worker Wayne Brock has often found what he calls "ordinary stuff" rolling through sewer lines.
"Well, at first I thought it looked like a doll," Brock said.
But around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, that wasn't a doll he saw while doing his rounds, inspecting a sewer pumping station.
Next to a drainage outlet was a human fetus.
"That's when I called my boss and then I called 911," he said. "There were no clothes or nothing on it. It was covered up by debris."
The startling discovery on Easter weekend immediately touched the 59-year-old.
"It breaks my heart seeing stuff especially done to little kids... I said that's one that will never have a family, will never see what life is all about."
According to the medical examiner, the baby was between eight and ten inches in length with fully developed hands and feet -- which leads the examiner to believe the mother may have been in her second trimester.
A vision Brock won't soon forget.
"It'll probably be there for a long time. I mean, you never forget something like that."
Police say they still haven't found the mother. If you have information, contact Independence police or call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.