Alaska Workers Make Grisly Find in Channel Debris
State employees find a boot with a leg inside
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2017 12:00 PM CDT
A city worker walks along the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska, in this 2016 photo.   (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)
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(Newser) – A human leg with a fishing boot still on was found in a debris pile that collected in the waters near Alaska's capital city, reports the AP. Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell says the leg—from the knee down—was found by state game workers clearing out the debris pile Monday from Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach. It had deteriorated to the point they couldn't determine race or gender. "It was in very poor condition," Campbell tells Alaska Dispatch News. "It had quite a bit of water damage. It could have been out there a few months, or it may have been much longer."

The limb has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for possible identification. Police will search for other remains. Campbell wasn't aware of any missing people in Juneau this year, but says bodies show up in Juneau every few years. The last was in 2016 when a hiker found human remains near Mendenhall Glacier. He says those were of a person reported missing in 2010.

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