Body parts found in garbage bags along snowy Michigan roads

Posted at 5:16 AM, Jan 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-31 07:16:33-05

By Jethro Mullen

(CNN) — Human body parts have been found in garbage bags dumped along snowy roads in a rural area of Michigan, authorities said.

Investigators are still counting the parts and haven’t determined the gender, race or age of who they came from, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

At this point, they don’t know if the parts are from one person or more, said Deputy Steven Campau.

For the sheriff’s office, the sinister case began Thursday afternoon.

A woman called to tell them she had “located something suspicious” in an area a few miles from the Canadian border, Campau said.

When they arrived on the scene, law enforcement officers discovered the garbage bags and their gruesome contents on two adjoining roads.

Another woman then told them that she’d seen a light-colored SUV in the area dumping what she initially thought was garbage.

She described the person driving the vehicle as a middle-aged woman, Campau said.

“We are investigating it as a homicide,” he said.

The body parts found include a head and torso, CNN affiliate WXYZ reported.

The FBI is not involved in the case, Campau said, but the sheriff’s office is receiving assistance from a team with the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

CNN first learned of the case on Twitter.

CNN’s Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report

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