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Old 12-28-2011, 01:19 PM
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Tourists Find Severed Leg Outside Fla. Rental Home

The leg was found behind a home on 4th Street South, next door the to Bay Vista Recreation Center. Detectives searched the entire area, including the water, but found nothing to suggest a crime, according to the station.

There have been no missing persons reports filed in St. Petersburg that would be consistent with a leg having been dumped in the water 24 to 48 hours ago, police said. There also have been no reported boating accidents in the area, the station reported.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/28...#ixzz1hr3Y4upd
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:50 PM
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But the most ominous detail was this: The leg was cleanly cut at the thigh and the foot.

"We don't know the cause and manner of death," said St. Petersburg police Maj. Mike Kovacsev, who commands the city's detectives. "But obviously someone went to great lengths to dismember this body."

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St. Petersburg police said the leg belonged to a "heavyset" white person, and they believe it's a right limb. It was clean-shaven, suggesting it belonged to a woman. But the Medical Examiner's Office has not officially determined the gender of the victim.

The leg had no tattoos, no distinct marks or scars. There were no other signs of trauma, except for some mysterious marks around the upper thigh. It was dotted with seaweed and other debris when it was found. The condition of the limb suggested it had been in the water for one to two days.

Investigators will first check reports of missing persons, said police spokesman Mike Puetz. But based on what police know so far about the victim, no one matching that description has been reported missing in St. Petersburg.

So investigators are also looking at missing persons' cases in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

"Normally, we'll ask law enforcement agencies in the area if they have missing persons," Puetz said. "But it'll be more helpful when we get some kind of descriptor — like sex, approximate age, approximate height and weight, race, maybe some issues regarding cause of death — from the Medical Examiner's Office."

Investigators can also use DNA to try to identify the victim, but Puetz pointed out that will only work if that person's genetic profile is already in a law enforcement database.

Officers on land and water searched the city's shoreline Tuesday for more body parts and will keep searching in the coming days. Meanwhile, police are asking the public to contact them with any information that could help them identify the person whose leg washed ashore. There's no shortage of ways for a leg to be dumped into Tampa Bay, which is home to numerous marinas and boat slips, countless backyard docks and also commercial shipping lanes.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:27 PM
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Wow. How shocking would it be to find a leg at your vacation rental.

Since it had only been in the water for a short time, I really hope they can find out who this is quickly and find the other missing body parts.

How horrible.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:45 PM
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Wow. How shocking would it be to find a leg at your vacation rental.

Since it had only been in the water for a short time, I really hope they can find out who this is quickly and find the other missing body parts.

How horrible.
Yeah can you imagine walking out to take a look at the beach and the ocean, maybe to commune with nature for a little bit. Then you notice the leg!
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:43 PM
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Dumped in the Gulf hoping that marine life would make sure that it was never found. Bet it was a shock for someone when it showed up in the news.

This one probably hasn't been reported as missing. Hopefully families will start checking on any family members who are female and might be described as "heavyset."

There is a chance that the body was dumped from a boat. If so then it could be from anywhere along the coast.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:18 PM
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I checked for any updates on this story. Could not find any.
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The following were snipped quotes from PPs of LE and media....I always find it amusing when I hear such contrasting statements.......And it happens quite often. Not sure if LE are trying to be conservative and careful or what. I think it sounds a bit stupid!

"Detectives searched the entire area, including the water, but found nothing to suggest a crime, according to the station."

"But obviously someone went to great lengths to dismember this body."

So a dismembered leg doesn't suggest a crime?
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:25 PM
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Ewww.

Nothing says "vacation rental" like a severed leg in the yard. Yuck.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:38 AM
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After coming up empty, police called off their two-day search for more body parts along the city's shore on Wednesday evening.

Now police will play the long game: Detectives will rely on DNA to identify the owner of the severed leg that washed ashore on Tuesday morning.

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The Medical Examiner's Office is obtaining DNA from the leg. But recovering DNA, submitting it for analysis and cross-checking it with databases takes time. Still, Puetz said, it's their best chance.

"There's hope," he said. "It's just long term."

So far a search of local missing persons' cases around the bay area hasn't yielded any matches to the victim's physical characteristics, Puetz said. St. Petersburg gave up its search of the city's coastline late Wednesday, he said, because the window for any other body parts to wash up closed.
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Was there a shoe/sock with the leg? I thought perhaps it could be illegal medical waste dumping, the presence of a shoe could exclude that though.
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Was there a shoe/sock with the leg? I thought perhaps it could be illegal medical waste dumping, the presence of a shoe could exclude that though.
No. It was cut off at the thigh and ankle.
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Sounds like dismembered body dumped to destroy the evidence.
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HILLSBOROUGH -- Authorities are asking for the public's help on the whereabouts of two missing women, one of them from Bradenton, after a severed leg that washed ashore matched with one of the women's DNA.

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The families of both women provided samples of their DNA. On Friday, the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office said Moriarty's DNA was a match and that the severed leg had been in the water for one or two days, McKinnon said.

And because Moriarty's Christmas presents were still wrapped, the possible time frame of what happened to the couple lies somewhere between Dec. 17 through Dec. 25, McKinnon said.
Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/28/...#storylink=cpy

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FL FL- Doris Carter, 62, Bradenton, 17 Dec 2011 - girlfriend found deceased, help needed - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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The leg was identified as belonging to Kelly Moriarty. She has a thread here http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...light=moriarty
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