Authorities: Tyler Co. hip joints came from missionary center

TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Tyler County authorities have determined there was no foul play after two residents found parts of an artificial hip joint in their yard.

Chief Deputy Phil Ryan said the joints came from a medical benevolence clinic on the west side of the county, which no longer exists. Ryan said the clinic received surplus supplies and used them to aid people in Africa needing artificial joints.

Ryan explained that homeowners in the Chester area found the joints in their yard near a burn pile. Authorities traced them back to two homeowners ago of the same place, who was a man who worked at the benevolence clinic, who explained that they were leftover from the clinic.

Ryan said they ran the serial numbers on the joints on all databases and none showed that the joints had been used.

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