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Body parts investigation continues in New Haven

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State police cadaver dogs searched along the railroad tracks in New Haven on Thursday for evidence. (WFSB) State police cadaver dogs searched along the railroad tracks in New Haven on Thursday for evidence. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Multiple law enforcement agencies are working together after body parts are found in two locations near New Haven's State Street Railroad Station this week.

A pair of human legs was found along a fence in thick foliage near the State Street Railroad Station on Court Street late Wednesday morning, according to police.

About eight hours later just a block away, another discovery was made. Two arms were found in a plastic bag on a ledge below the Chapel Street Bridge near Union Avenue around 7 p.m. Both arms are missing their hands. The part of the arms was from the shoulder to the wrists.

Investigators said they could have been here for a week, or maybe even a month.

"Its team work, the New Haven detectives, the Chief Medical Examiner's Office and the State Police Forensic Laboratory," New Haven Officer David Hartman said 

State police cadaver dogs searched along the railroad tracks for evidence, while investigators are trying to figure out how human body parts ended up in that location.

Dr. Henry C. Lee is a world renowned forensic scientist who once ran the state police lab.

“I've been in this forensic field and police field for more than 56 years, investigate 300-400 dismembering cases," Lee said.

In this case, Lee said investigators will try to determine the age, race and gender along with examining the plastic bag the arms were in and even the socks on the legs. They're looking to see if they can get a fiber or a hair.

Then, DNA could help identify the victim or even, possibly a suspect.

"Once you find 3 pieces of the same profile. You can put in a national DNA bank, try to search missing person file, try to search criminal record file,” Lee said.

Eyewitness News has learned those DNA results could take about a week and a half now to come back from the lab.

Investigators have asked people who live and work here if they see or smell anything strange, to let them know as they try to figure out what's behind these gruesome discoveries.

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