Entries in Body Parts (3)


A Dozen Body Parts Discovered in Detroit-Area Sewer

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A construction crew in suburban Detroit on Wednesday morning found around a dozen body parts 50 feet deep in the city's sewer.

"This morning, they go down to begin their work and they get down to a large grate at the 50-foot level and they see the body laying down there," Sterling Heights Police Department Lt. Luke Riley told ABC News in an interview Wednesday afternoon. "They call us, we go out and then get people down there to start the process of looking at them.

"There were maybe a dozen softball-sized pieces of a body," he said. "No arms or leg or torso -- nothing like that. Definitely a Caucasian. We're not sure if it's male or female."

Some of the body parts had a tattoo on them, he noted, something officials hope may help them in identifying the body.

"At least six or eight of these pieces had part of a tattoo on them," Riley said. "Once the medical examiner collected them he was able to clean things up and take a look at them and with photographs of these pieces we can tell it's a tattoo. We can't tell what it's a tattoo of, but there are two pieces that match up -- it's like a puzzle and we don't have all the pieces to it."

Riley said the construction crew had worked at the same site -- near 15 Mile Road and Schoenherr Road -- on Tuesday and no one saw the body parts until Wednesday morning.

The body parts, he said, may have flowed to that location from two lines in nearby Macomb County and Oakland County. The entire sewer line, he said, runs about 21 miles and ends up at the Detroit water treatment plant.

A stretch of 15 Mile Road near the site was closed down Wednesday for several hours.

According to Riley, the crew members who made the discovery handled the situation "very professionally."

"They knew the seriousness of the situation," he said. "They were very professional about it. They didn't, you know, lose it or anything like that."

After the discovery, he said, "these workers actually went back down and accompanied the fire department personnel to process the scene."

It is not the first discovery of body parts in the Detroit metropolitan area this summer. The decapitated bodies of a man and a woman were found in July in the Detroit River and a canal.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Victim Identified in Hollywood Murder Mystery

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The victim of a gruesome Hollywood murder mystery has been identified, but investigators have not released his name.

A decapitated head, severed hands and feet and no leads seemed to be the perfect recipe for a Hollywood whodunnit.   Except this time, the Los Angeles Police Department has been facing a real homicide.

The search for more body parts in rugged terrain beneath the famous Hollywood sign ended Thursday, but police still did not have many leads in the case. According to ABC affiliate KABC7 in Los Angeles, the LAPD has searched an apartment building in connection to the investigation. Officials said no one was detained for questioning, but a car was towed during the search.

The Los Angeles Police Department told KABC7 the apartment complex is located two miles south from Bronson Canyon park where the body parts were found.

The discovery of a man’s head in a bag on Tuesday and set of hands and feet on Wednesday launched a search for more body parts. The investigation centered along a hiking trail beneath the iconic Hollywood sign and not far from Brad Pitt’s house.

The victim has only been identified as a male between the age of 40 and 60 years old.

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Police Find More Body Parts in Hollywood Hills

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Shortly after two severed hands were found in the Hollywood Hills where dog walkers discovered a head, police found two feet.

On a trail near the famed Hollywood sign, dog walkers first discovered a severed head Tuesday afternoon while hiking, authorities said.

“While the dogs were playing with it, at some point the object came out of the bag and they discovered it was a head.  A severed head,” Los Angeles police Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

Authorities said the head belonged to a male victim.

“The head appears to be rather new.  There are not a lot of signs of decomposition yet,” Fierro told KABC.

It is believed the hands, feet and head may all belong to the same individual. With the help of specially trained cadaver dogs, police will continue to search for more body parts. They are still working to identify the victim.

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