Thursday, April 14, 2005

Police Check Leopard Attack Link In 'Finger In Chili' Case

Flap has previously covered this missing finger story in Wendy's Chili here.

Now we have this update:

A woman who claimed she scooped up a human finger in her chili at a Wendy's restaurant has decided not to sue the fast-food chain, her lawyer said Wednesday.
This black and white photo, released by the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health, shows a portion of a human finger that a woman says she found while eating a bowl of chili at Wendys Restaurant.
Anna Ayala is dropping her claim because the police investigations, DNA tests, a search of her home and intense publicity have "been very difficult for her emotionally," Attorney Jeffrey Janoff said. He would not say if the decision was prompted by a report a woman in Nevada had lost her finger a month earlier in a leopard attack, and that it might be related to Ayala's claim.

Police in San Jose, Calif., said they were investigating a possible connection to Sandy Allman, the owner of several exotic animals who lost her digit in a leopard attack Feb. 23. Allman, of Pahrump -- 60 miles west of Las Vegas -- reportedly got her finger back in a bag of ice, and it could not be reattached. "We're talking to the woman who lost the finger," San Jose police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten said Wednesday.

Read the rest here.

This story/finger seems to have a life of its own!

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