Two bodies found in Detroit waters with hands, feet, heads cut off

Authorities say two bodies were found Tuesday floating in the Detroit River and a nearby tributary with their hands, feed and heads cut off.
WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey
Detroit riverfront near where authorities say two dismembered bodies were found floating Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey

(CBS/WWJ/AP) DETROIT - Authorities say two bodies were found Tuesday morning floating in the Detroit River and a nearby tributary, with their hands, feet and heads cut off.

According to CBS Detroit, the first body was found near the mouth of the Detroit River at Fox Creek. Authorities say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were doing a routine patrol around 6 a.m. Tuesday when they made the grim discovery.

Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard were called in and a 911 call was made.

While waiting for Detroit police to arrive, a U.S. Coast Guard officer reportedly spotted the second dismembered body about a mile from where the first was found.

Coast Guard Lt. Justin Westmiller told the Detroit Free Press that the bodies' hands, feet and heads "were clearly cut off." He didn't know how long the corpses of the man and woman had been in the water.

Detroit police are handling the investigation.

According to CBS Detroit, police said they were still awaiting a medical examiner's confirmation on the victims' sexes and a cause of death.