CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — A food-tampering case involving a pot of soup at a Dierbergs’ salad bar won’t go to trial, because the soup got tossed out.

The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office says the March 28th incident at the Lafayette Center Dierbergs fell apart for lack of evidence.

Originally the FBI and Manchester Police had hoped to put together a strong case, after some witnesses reported seeing a man put “something” in the soup. The prosecutor’s office says witnesses reported seeing what looked like “broken-up caplets” in the soup.

But a Dierbergs employee threw the soup out before authorities arrived to investigate.

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance camera leaving the store in a camouflage hat, later showed up at Manchester police with his attorney to deny putting anything in the soup.

The prosecutor’s office says the suspect had no prior convictions.


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