Thursday, April 1, 2010

Body Parts on a Beach? Mystery time!

There's a popular beach on the Feather River in Sutter County called "Beer Can Beach". And the last few months, the beach has gotten a reputation that no place would want. Body parts keep "appearing".

It all started back in November with a fisherman finding a plastic bag that had a human leg in it. The pathologists that looked at the leg determined that the leg had been removed during a "medical procedure". The big question then was "why was the leg found at Beer Can Beach?". According to the news articles I'm reading now, the Sutter County Sheriff, Paul Parker didn't agree with the pathologists, but there wasn't much he could do about it except keep investigating to try and find where the leg had come from. It was sent off for DNA testing.

In mid-December, there were reports of a body floating in the river "well south of Beer Can Beach" but the searchers from the Sheriff's office were unable to locate it.

Jump forward in time to February 26th when a torso was found floating in the Sacramento River, some distance downstream from where the Feather River joins the Sacramento River. The torso was sent off for DNA testing.

Jump forward in time again, to about two weeks ago. More body parts found at Beer Can Beach. This time, two arms were found on March 13th and the following day a head was found, each individually wrapped in their own separate plastic bags. Again, the body parts were sent off for DNA testing.

Then today the authorities announced that the human leg and the torso have matching DNA. The authorities are waiting for the testing to come back on the arms and the head, but it's probably safe to assume that those parts belong to the same unfortunate soul who's leg and torso have already been matched. The only part that's missing is the other leg. It may turn up on another beach or it may stay at the bottom of one of the rivers.

The authorities have no idea yet who the victim is. A partial description of the victim is that he was a white male who had long, grey hair pulled back in a ponytail. He was between 40-60 years old, and had a medium build.

If anyone who happens to be reading here has any idea who this man might be, please contact the Sheriff's Department's detective unit at 822-7307 or leave a tip at

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