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$700K of gold dust missing from Pfizer lab in Mo.

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December 7, 2012 08:59 AM EST | AP


CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Pfizer Inc.'s medical research lab in St. Louis County is missing $700,000 worth of gold dust, and police are trying to determine if it was lost or stolen.

Police Capt. Steven Lewis says no one is "sure if they just didn't account for it and it was used naturally, or if it was stolen or misplaced."

Pfizer said in a statement it is working with law enforcement and takes the matter seriously.

It wasn't clear what purpose the gold dust has in Pfizer's research.

Chesterfield is about 20 miles west of St. Louis.

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