Human leg found in Oakland Estuary still a mystery

Alameda police said today that they're still investigating the discovery of a human leg found floating in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary two weeks ago.

Detective Hank Morton said a sailor who was preparing to move his boat from a slip off the 1800 block of Clement Avenue spotted a tennis shoe on a hook in the water at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 4.

But then the man noticed a sock and something protruding out of it, which turned out to be the lower part of a leg, Morton said.

Investigators believe dredging in the estuary two days before the leg was discovered may have dislodged it and caused the appendage to float to the surface.

Morton said police turned the leg over to the Alameda County coroner's bureau, but that a pathologist's report wasn't able to identify who the leg belonged to.

The report showed only that it was a right leg that had been cut off below the knee and appeared to be that of an adult because of the way the bones are fused, Morton said.

The report wasn't able to determine the gender of the person the leg came from, but the shoe on the foot is a man's shoe, he said.

Morton said the shoe is a skateboarding shoe with the “Vision” brand name on the bottom. The size is 8.5, he said.

Morton said the leg is being analyzed by the state Department of Justice's DNA lab in Richmond.

Investigators hope to have more information in about two weeks.

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