NEWARK — A suspected fetus has been found at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission facility for the second time in less than three weeks, authorities said,

Katherine Carter, a spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the department has responded to the scene and was investigating the matter.

She said authorities would need to perform an autopsy to determined if the fetus had been alive at any point.

A fetus was found at the same site early this month, authorities said at the time.

According to a report at the time, a fetus was discovered at the plant in 2009 as well, in the portion of the plant that receives incoming effluent. That fetus was found during a routine cleaning.

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