A group of Canadian tourists made a gruesome discovery Tuesday when they found a severed human leg outside the Florida home they were renting for the holidays.
St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said the family walked outside the home Tuesday morning to view the sunrise over Tampa Bay when they spotted the body part, Fox affiliate WTVT-TV reported.
"We don't think the leg has been in the water that long. We're still trying to identify the age, sex and race of this person," Puetz said.
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.
Detectives say the leg appears to be a right leg, but there is no foot attached from which to pull prints. The leg also appears to have come from a heavyset individual. It is clean-shaven, suggesting it may be from a woman, but the sex has not yet been confirmed.