Their biggest clue in the case so far is shoes that were on the feet when the legs were discovered — JustFab brand boots, woman’s size 10.
Police were called to the area of 1300 South Columbus Airport Road shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday after someone reported finding two human legs in the trash. It appears the legs were sawed off and dumped in the trash in northwest Columbus, according to Homicide unit Sgt. Stan Latta.
The legs were spotted by an employee of Local Waste Services at the company’s facility off of Lockbourne Road on the south side of Columbus. Local Waste Services picks up residential and commercial trash and recyclables.
According to Columbus police, the trash truck that carried the legs to the facility made at least 20 stops in the northwest Columbus area. The legs were picked up sometime between March 21 and March 28.
Forensic pathologists at the county coroner’s office are trying to identify who the legs belonged to and how they were severed. DNA samples will be compared to the state DNA database in search of a match.
Homicide detectives are checking missing person reports and searching through the trash items that were in the same truckload, looking for clues to where exactly the legs were picked up.