Police are seeking the public’s help after a Seattle homeowner discovered human body parts in a recycling bin behind his home.
The unidentified resident, who lives in Seattle’s Central District, made the grisly discovery Saturday around 4 p.m. after returning from a trip out of town, KIRO 7 reported. He then asked a neighbor to verify what he was seeing, and the two shocked residents both dialed 911.
Three “fresh” body parts, including a foot, were discovered in the bin. The remains are believed to belong to an adult, according to the Seattle Times.
Detective Patrick Michaud, a police spokesman, said the remains were likely dumped sometime late Friday or Saturday, as sanitation workers would have emptied the bin when recyclables were collected on the block Friday.
Police believe whatever happened to the apparent victim didn’t occur in the neighborhood, Michaud told the Seattle Times. He declined to describe the packaging or other information about the body parts, which were transported to the King County medical examiner to determine an identity.
Homicide detectives didn’t find anything in other trash receptacles in the area, Michaud said, according to the Times.
“Yeah, we don't find bodies in recycling bins every day in Seattle, thankfully,” Michaud told KIRO 7.
Police have been canvassing the neighborhood, looking for people who might have information on who died and what exactly happened.
“A lot of feelings, like, coming and they hit you at once,” one neighbor, David Peterson, said when asked how he felt about the discovery. Peterson told KIRO he just moved to the Central District a month ago.
“I move to this quiet area and I’m enjoying the calmness of it all and then this happens,” Peterson said.