The NBC affiliate WPTV reports that three suitcases have been found with human remains in them at Delray Beach, Florida.
The suitcases, according to the Delray Beach Police, were found actually floating in the water along the Intracoastal Waterway near the 1000 block of Palm Trail.
At 4:03 p.m., police said they received a 911 call of a suspicious item in the water along the Intracoastal Waterway near the 1000 block of Palm Trail in Delray Beach. When officers arrived, they said they found a suitcase with human remains inside.
It was not long thereafter that the authorities found two other suitcases also with human remains in them nearby. They were found along the Intracoastal Waterway at Southeast Seventh Avenue and Casuarina Road.
An investigation of the situation is underway. Reports indicate that crime scene investigators as well as the medical examiner were seen collecting evidence at the scene. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife were also on hand.
According to reports, the George Bush Boulevard Bridge, which spans the Intracostal, was temporarily blocked off.
It is unclear whether anything useful to the investigation has been found. But, the discovered human remains have since been sent to a medical examiner. And, police spokesman Ted White, on Saturday, provided some more details about the human remains, including that they have been determined to belong to one person: a woman.
WPTV, in a separate report, writes:
Late Saturday, spokesman Ted White said the remains were a woman who is white or Hispanic, middle aged with brown hair and approximately 5-foot-4. She may have had tattooed eyebrows and was wearing a floral tank top with a black undershirt and black mid-thigh shorts, White said.
Despite this information, however, the police have not been able to identify the deceased individual.
Accordingly, the authorities released a photograph of the design pattern that was on the "floral tank top" that the woman was found to be wearing. The photograph shows rose-like flowers and some green foliage amidst a white backdrop.
The authorities are now calling upon the public for help with their investigation of this incident. Any person who may have any relevant information about the incident is being asked to call Det. Mike Liberta at 561-243-7874.
In the meantime, this, as would be expected, has unsettled the local community.
Keenan Johnson, a local marine dockhand, told WPTV, "My first instinct was it's an endangered sea turtle or something like that was floating by. I was in shock really for all this to happen."
Johnson added, "I’ve been working here for quite a while and nothing like this has ever happened around here. I'm definitely not going to sleep well tonight just knowing this is going on in my backyard but it's a crazy sad world we live in today."