Free-roaming dogs dragging home garbage or dead animals isn't that uncommon for pet owners, but what a Washington state man's canine brought home last week was downright disturbing.
On Tuesday, 93-year-old Bill Flowers' dog, Liberty, dropped a human leg in the yard.
"It's really got me in a spiral," Flowers' daughter, Cheryl Flowers, told KOMO-TV of the unsettling find.
A Washington state man's dog dragged home a human leg, leading search teams to find more remains of a body on an Indian reservation. (Image source: KOMO-TV)
"I examined it," Flowers told KOMO. "I picked it up, and looked at the toes and nothing. None of the leg or foot was damaged -- from the knee down it wasn't damaged at all."
It took Flowers a few days to gain the courage to call police about the body part, which he decided to bury but changed his mind at his daughter's encouragement.
"I was afraid to call. I'm 93 years old. I didn't want to have to go to the pen for something I didn't do," he told the local news station.
A search and rescue team with dogs set out to find the rest of the body, which they located near an old fish hatchery operated by the Nisqually Tribe on a reservation outside of Olympia, Wash.
The human remains were found near a fish hatchery on a river on the Nisqually reservation. (Image source: KOMO-TV)
Watch KOMO's report on the bizarre, still-developing case:
The body parts, which in addition to the leg included a rib cage, pelvis, parts of a skull, a jawbone with teeth and tissues, are being examined to determine gender and what might have happened to lead to its dismembered state, according to The Olympian.
Sgt. Ray Brady described the remains as being in mostly skeletal condition.
“There’s enough to hopefully identify the person,” he said, telling The Olympian that the department is investigating runaway and missing person reports.