Former Firefighter Gets 6-Month Probation for Taking Severed Foot From Crash Scene

A former St. Lucie County firefighter who admitted taking a man's severed foot from an Interstate 95 crash scene last year has been sentenced to six months probation.

A judge withheld adjudication Friday, so 38-year-old Cynthia "Cindy" Economou was not formally convicted of misdemeanor theft.

Economou told the Florida Highway Patrol after the Sept. 19 crash that she took the remains to help train her cadaver dog. She eventually resigned from the St. Lucie County Fire District.

There's no law specifically dealing with the theft of a body part. She was charged with a misdemeanor because authorities couldn't determine the monetary value of the foot.