STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Officials say DNA tests and an autopsy show that body parts found in a suburban Detroit sewer in August belong to a large white woman.
So far, authorities haven't been able to identify the victim. Contractors clearing debris from a pipe in Sterling Heights found the 10 parts Aug. 15.
The parts have tattoos that appear to be 15 to 20 years old and don't include any bones or internal organs.
Authorities sent samples to the University of North Texas, which has a DNA database of unidentified remains.
The tests show that the victim was female, while the medical examiner's investigation establishes that the victim was big and white.
Police say the DNA results are going into state and federal databases to see if they match a missing person.