New Haven Police Find Human Arm Under Chapel Street Bridge

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More human remains have been discovered in New Haven.

Police said just a few hours after two human legs were discovered in some brush next to the State Street train station, a human arm was found in a plastic bag about a block away. The remains were all discovered in downtown New Haven on Wednesday.

“It’s gruesome, "said Hannah Grill of New Haven. "It’s really gruesome.”

Just as the sun was setting over the scene at the corner of State Street and Court Street where the two legs were found in some overgrown brush, the arm was found, police say. A passerby alerted an officer about a very strong rotting odor coming from just below the Chapel Street bridge next to a set of railroad tracks.

"Detectives from our forensic unit opened the bag and what appears to be a human arm; at least one human arm," said David Hartman, spokesperson for the New Haven Police Department. "It's not probable that the dismembered body parts were dismembered at either of the two locations that we've found," he added.

Police said only forensic testing can help identify the age, sex or ethnicity of the person that the legs and the arm came from. The Medical Examiner's office and Connecticut State Police are aiding in the investigation.

“This is different," said Grill of the discovery near her home. "This is scarier.”

“I hope they figure out what’s going on", said Briggs Harlan, a New Haven resident. "I have absolute faith in the police department around here. I think they’re doing a good job.”

Investigators, meanwhile, ask the public to be on alert.

"As much as I'd like to say we can tie these together, it's certainly probable but we cannot at this time," said Hartman.

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