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Jason Yang's 'missing organs' actually not missing, says judge

Jason Yang climbed over a chain link fence and jumped to his death.

Jason Yang climbed over a chain link fence and jumped to his death.

First, Jason Yang tragically leaps over a freeway off-ramp and falls 40 feet to his death as police chase him. Then Yang's family claims that Minneapolis Police shot him before he fell.

In the latest twist of a case that has now become as bizarre as it is tragic, Yang's family claimed that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner lost three of Yang's organs: his esophagus, pancreas, and stomach.

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After Yang's body was released, his family had an independent examiner in California take a look. That examiner determined that the body was missing the three organs.

Back here in Minnesota, The Hennepin County Medical Examiner flat-out denied the family's claim of missing parts, taking the unusual step of releasing the autopsy report to prove that Yang's body had all its organs inside.

On Friday, the doctors of the medical examiners office dueled over the missing organs with Jill Clark, who is representing Yang's widow, Mee. District Court Judge Lloyd B. Zimmerman apparently thought the county made the stronger case: he shot down the missing-organ theory.

"The only sworn evidence before the Court, based upon personal knowledge, fails to support plaintiff's claim that the above-described organs were not in Jason Yang's body when it left the Hennepin County Medical Examiner," Zimmerman wrote in his recent court ruling. "The sworn evidence of Dr. Owen Middleton and Dr. Andrew Baker, provided at the December 10 hearing, establishes that the esophagus, stomach, and pancreas were placed back in the deceased's body after the autopsy, and the body suture closed."

Zimmerman also said in his ruling that the letter from the independent examiner in California, Dr. David Posey, was not sworn evidence.

Jason Yang's autopsy report

Jason Yang's autopsy report

That pretty much means the case has reached a dead end, says Santo Cruz, spokesman for Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

"At that point legally, it's on them to come up with something new to allege," Cruz says. "There's no more issues of contention at this point. They said that they wanted the organs back, and they were suing to get them back."