Finger in Trout Belongs to Guy Who Lost it Months Ago

Wakeboarder lost four fingers in an accident at Idaho's Priest Lake
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2012 2:05 PM CDT
You never know what might turn up while fishing.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A human finger found inside a fish at Idaho's Priest Lake has been traced to a wakeboarder who lost four fingers in an accident more than two months earlier. Fisherman Nolan Calvin found the finger while he was cleaning the trout he caught Sept. 11. He put it on ice and called the Bonner County sheriff's office, where detectives were able to get a fingerprint off the severed digit and match it to Haans Galassi, 31, of Colbert, Washington.

Investigators called him, and found out Galassi lost four fingers from his left hand in a June 21 accident on the same lake. (His hand got caught in a towline.) "The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me," Galassi says. "He said that a fisherman was out on Priest Lake, and I pretty much knew exactly what he was going to say at that point." The sheriff's office offered to return the finger, but Galassi declined. "I'm like, 'uhhh, I'm good,'" he says. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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