Body parts found in Florida bay; police hope to use leg tattoo to get ID


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For the second day in a row, police in Tampa were called to investigate reports of body parts being found.

A spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department confirmed “additional body parts” were found at McKay Bay, near the 22nd Street Causeway Bridge, just before noon on Friday. Witnesses told WFLA the most recent body part appears to be another leg.

Police were first called to the same area of McKay Bay Thursday night when fishermen reported finding what appeared to be a human leg floating in the water. Tampa police later confirmed the body part was human and launched a death investigation.

On Friday afternoon, police said they had not yet identified the victim. They did, however, discover a tattoo “just beneath the lower right calf” on one leg. It shows three red hearts with the names Sean, Greg and Zach inside each of them.

(Courtesy: Tampa Police Department)

Stuart Welch called police Friday morning when he discovered what he believed to be another part of a human body in the same area where the first body part was found.

“I saw what looked like a lump of dead fish at first, but as it floated closer to me it started to resolve into what looks like the lower half of a human leg,” said Welch.

Police quickly arrived and recovered the object from the water, but would not confirm whether it was also from a human body.

“I’m very confident about that,” Welch said. “It was no more than about 15 feet into the water when I saw it.

Welche said the discovery leaves him very concerned because he fishes in the area often.

“It doesn’t surprise me that some monster dumped a human body out here, probably cut ’em up and dumped the parts wherever they could,” he said.

Tampa police said they are now actively searching the area for other body parts. Acting Police Chief Ruben Delgado said drones and watercraft are being used to search the area.

Delgado would not confirm if the objects found are human remains but said his agency is working with the medical examiner’s office to confirm the information.

“I mean, anything we can learn, anything we can get. We’ve got to remember, that’s somebody’s loved one. That’s somebody’s family member. That’s somebody that we are trying to figure out exactly what happened,” Delgado said.

Anyone with information on the person’s identity is asked to call Tampa police at 813-231-6130 or contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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