The missing heart of a dead Marine from Chester County is at the center of an international mystery that threatens to entangle two governments in a Philadelphia court battle.
On Monday, the family of Sgt. Brian LaLoup, a 21-year-old embassy security officer who killed himself last year while stationed in Athens, Greece, accused officials there of removing his heart during an illegal autopsy. Later, they said, Greek officials tried to pass off another heart as their son’s.
And while U.S. military officials knew LaLoup’s remains were incomplete, they let his body be buried anyway and lied to his parents about it, a lawyer for his family contends.
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