Examination reveals new details about human leg found in Ohio River
A human leg found in the Ohio River back in August belongs to a man who is estimated to be about 5’9”.
MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- A human leg found in the Ohio River back in August belongs to a man who is estimated to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Jefferson County, Ind., Coroner Johnny Collins released that information Monday after an anthropologist at the University of Indianapolis had a chance to thoroughly examine the leg.
An employee at the Clifty Creek Power Plant in Madison made the disturbing discovery in late-August. The foot was wearing a gray, size 10.5 New Balance tennis shoe and a black sock.
While the anthropologist was able to determine a gender and height, Collins said a race and approximate age remain unknown.
“It appears that the lower portion of the leg we have naturally came off the body, but there were no tool marks, or any kind of marks that would suggest it was physically taken off the body,” said Scott Stevens, a deputy coroner in Jefferson County, Ind.
The leg will now be taken to the University of Texas for DNA testing. Those results could take four to six months.
Stevens said he and Collins are also comparing notes with Pennsylvania State Police on a homicide case involving a human torso found there to see if there is a connection between the two.
“It obviously came from upriver, so we’re possibly looking somewhere up that way instead of down south,” Stevens said. “And just because it’s in the river doesn’t mean it floated all the way from Pennsylvania.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jefferson County, Ind. Coroner’s Office at (812) 599-1893 or the Madison, Ind. Police Department at (812) 265-3347.
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