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Human leg discovered in Alaskan channel

A human leg still encased in a fishing boot was pulled out of an Alaskan channel near Juneau Monday, police said.

The leg, cut from the knee down, was found by Alaska Department of Fish and Game workers who were removing debris from the Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach, Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell told Alaska Dispatch News.

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“The dredging activities pulled a human leg and boot out of the channel,” Juneau police said in a statement.

The leg was so deteriorated that officials could not make out its race or gender. It was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for possible identification.

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Campbell said he was not aware of any missing people in Juneau but police will search for any other remains.

Campbell said this is not the first time a body has turned up in Juneau. The last was in 2016, when a hiker found human remains near Mendenhall Glacier. Those remains belonged to a person who went missing in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.