Tattooed body parts found in Michigan sewer reportedly belong to mystery woman

Published November 06, 2012


Police said Tuesday tattooed body parts found in a Michigan sewer line belong to a white woman with a large build, the Lansing State Journal reports.

The body parts were first discovered by crews clearing a platform on Aug. 15 in the city of Sterling Heights, Mich., the newspaper reports. Police said, based on the condition of the body parts, they likely had not been in the sewer for long and likely floated downstream in wastewater.

Authorities reportedly sent DNA samples from the body parts to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics and the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office.

Test results revealed the body parts belonged to a white woman, described as having a "large build." Police say the tattoos may be 15 to 20 years old, the Lansing State Journal reports.

The newspaper reports that the DNA is now being entered into state and federal databases to be periodically checked for possible identification.

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