Finger found inside Northshore snapping turtle

Sheriff's office investigating

Chris Miller
June 13, 2018 - 3:26 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating after the discovery of a human finger inside 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," said the sheriff's office in a statement. "It was determined the turtle had been caught on a trout line in a local area river in Western St. Tammany Parish."

Deputies handed the finger over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office, which attempted to identify the finger's owner.

"Both the STPSO Crime Lab and the Coroner’s Office have tried to obtain a fingerprint but those efforts proved unsuccessful," the sheriff's office said. "Local hospitals in St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish were also contacted, but those inquires yielded no results."

Members of the sheriff's office's marine division, search-and-rescue dogs, and cadaver dogs are canvassing the area where the turtle was caught.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 898-2338 or the coroner's office at (985) 781-1150.

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