Police search for human remains after dog drags home dismembered leg

"I was afraid to call. I'm 93 years-old. I didn't want to have to go to the pen for something I didn't do,” says man who waited four days to alert authorities.
By Evan Bleier  |  Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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(UPI) -- Authorities are on the lookout for more human remains in Washington state after finding out over the weekend about a human leg that a dog dragged home to her owner last Tuesday.

Liberty brought the leg back home to her owner, 93-year-old Bill Flowers, on the Nisqually Reservation and it took him four days to call police. Flowers was apparently worried about being accused of murdering the person.

"I was afraid to call. I'm 93 years old. I didn't want to have to go to the pen for something I didn't do,” Flowers said.

Flowers buried the leg, which was dismembered about four inches from the buttocks, in his backyard.

"I examined it," Flowers said. "I picked it up, and looked at the toes and nothing. None of the leg or foot was damaged -- from the knee down it wasn't damaged at all."

He finally alerted authorities because of the urging of his daughter.

"When I got home he told me, and I said, 'Dad we have to call the police'," Cheryl Flowers said.

In the hopes of finding the rest of the body, detectives put a GPS collar on Liberty. That didn’t work, but search and rescue dogs found more remains -- a pelvis and rib cage -- on Sunday near the Nisqually Tribe's old fish hatchery.

A pathologist will examine the remains to determine if it is a man or woman how the body was dismembered.

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