Regions Hospital's "additional examination" Saturday for the remains of a second stillborn baby within the linens sent to a Red Wing laundry service turned up empty following the discovery of a male stillborn wrapped in soiled linens on Wednesday, the Pioneer Press said.
The remains of the 19-week stillborn, whose gender is unknown, were sent out in the same linen container that carried a 22-week stillborn within soiled linens to be cleaned, CBS said.
The discovery of the first stillborn was reported in a news conference Wednesday, while the hospital released information regarding the search for the second set of remains Friday, the Pioneer Press said.
The investigation is being led by both the Minnesota Department of Health and the St. Paul police, with the aid and cooperation of the hospital, the Pioneer Press said.
Upon review of the pathology records for the past year, spokeswoman Elizabeth Nicklos told the Pioneer Press via email that, "all other stillborn remains have been properly accounted for."
Brock Nelson, president and CEO of Regions Hospital, announced that new procedures will be implemented immediately, including improved visual identification and tracking process and added security and supervision in that section of Regions, CBS reported.
The identities of the two families to whom the remains belonged have not been disclosed to "protect their privacy," Nicklos said.
At this time it is unclear whether the families are planning legal challenges against the hospital for the handling of the remains, the Pioneer Press said.