STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - A crew working in a suburban Detroit sewer has discovered upward of a dozen human body parts in a sewer pipe 50 feet below a busy roadway.
Sterling Heights Police Lt. Luke Riley describes the parts as "small pieces." Contractors found them after shutting off two sewer lines Wednesday morning to drain water from the pipe so they could perform repairs.
A partial tattoo appears to be on one of the parts. Riley says the medical examiner is examining the parts.
The parts don't appear to have been in the sewer long and are believed to have flowed down the system from northern Macomb or nearby Oakland County.
Officials checked 1,000 feet in either direction of where the parts were found.
The 21-mile-long line runs south to the Detroit River.
Authorities released photos of some of the skin found in sewer in hopes of identifying the body.