Florida cops seek help to ID victim from tattoo after leg is found floating in bay
- Tampa police opened a death investigation after a second human body part was found in McKay Bay, Florida, for a second day in a row
- Angler Stuart Welch called 911 to report that he had found what appeared to be a human leg, instead of a fish
- His discovery came just a day after another human leg appeared to be floating in the water in the same area
- Authorities confirmed the body part belonged to a human although the vicitm’s ID remains unknown
- The victim’s lower right calf has a tattoo with three red hearts, which each have a light blue ribbon emblazoned with three names: Sean, Greg and Zach
- Anyone who recognizes the tattoo or might know anything about the discovery should call 813-231-6130 or contact Tampa’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS
Human body parts washed up for two straight days in a Florida bay last week and local investigators are asking the public’s help to identify the victim from a tattoo on one of the legs.
The additional body part was discovered in Tampa’s McKay Bay just before noon on Friday when fisherman Stuart Welch spotted another body part near the 22nd Street Causeway Bridge.
The grisly find comes a day after another leg was found in the water Thursday.
‘I was putting out my lines getting ready to go fishing and all of the sudden I see this lump, what looked like a catfish, start floating by and as it gets closer to me I start realizing it looks more like a human leg,’ Welch told FOX13 Tampa on Friday.
The victim’s lower right calf has a tattoo with three red hearts, which each have a light blue ribbon emblazoned with three names: Sean, Greg and Zach.
There were no other details on whether any other body parts were found, according to Tampa Police’s news release.
It was no more than about 15 feet into the water when I saw it,’ said Welch, who added that he’s now worried because he usually fishes in the area.
‘It doesn’t surprise me that some monster dumped a human body out here, probably cut ’em up and dumped the parts where ever they could,’ said Welch.
Tampa Police are hoping someone within the area can recognize a tattoo on a leg that was found in McKay Bay Friday. The tattoo has 3 hearts and 3 names emblazoned on a blue ribbon: Sean, Greg, and Zach
Angler Stuart Welch (pictured) called 911 to report that he found what appeared to be a human leg instead of a fish
Police first reported to McKay Bay on Thursday night when fishermen noticed another human leg floating in the water.
Authorities later confirmed the body part belonged to a human and launched an investigation.
A dive team was sent to the site on Thursday and it remains unclear if they were still searching for clues on Friday.
However, investigators are still trying to determine whether the body parts belong to one individual and who that person may be. As of yet, no cause of death has been determined.
Police have asked residents in the area with any information to contact Tampa officials.
Police Chief Ruben Delgado said the investigation was ongoing and that police will be using drones and watercraft to search the area for clues
An aerial view of South 22nd Street bridge where the body parts were found both on Thursday and Friday
‘If you saw anything that you thought was suspicious in and around this area, we’d like for someone to call us,’ interim Tampa police Chief Ruben Delgado said at a news conference Friday evening. ‘Come forward and give us any bit of information you have.’
Delgado said the investigation is ongoing and that police will be using drones and watercraft to search the area.
Tampa Police will also work with the local medical examiner’s office to confirm any information on the case.
Police say anyone who recognizes the tattoo or might know anything about the found limbs is asked to call 813-231-6130 or contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS.