The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday (June 11) from an individual who found what was later identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to be a human finger, inside of an alligator snapping turtle.
A Bush, LA area man called deputies after he located a finger as he was cleaning and processing a large alligator snapping turtle for consumption. It was determined the turtle had been caught on a trout line in a local area river in Western St. Tammany Parish.
Deputies contacted the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office who took possession of the finger in an attempt to identify its owner.
Both the STPSO Crime Lab and the Coroner’s Office have tried to obtain a fingerprint but those efforts proved unsuccessful.
Local hospitals in St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish were also contacted, but those inquires yielded no results.
Members of the STPSO Marine Division along with representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office are currently canvassing the area where the turtle was caught. STP Coroner’s Office K-9 “Maggie”, a human remains detection dog, as well as LASAR (Louisiana Search & Rescue) dogs will be utilized in the search.
If anyone has information about this case, please contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-898-2338 or the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office at 985-781-1150.