Fisherman discovers human leg with sneaker in Delaware River
A man came across a human leg while fishing in the Delaware River last Thursday night, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The unidentified 27-year-old fisherman stumbled upon part of a right leg — from the kneecap to the foot — with the sneaker still on the foot around 8 p.m., Philadelphia police said. The man was purportedly fishing in the river in Port Richmond when he found the remains.
Authorities have since launched an investigation and are searching for other remains in an effort to identify the victims.
The discovery came just hours after the bodies of a couple were pulled from the same river early Thursday morning, according to KYW-TV.
Police said Anjania Patterson, 28, and Tim Siler, 39, had arrived at the waterfront at approximately 2:45 a.m. The two had reportedly talked for a bit before Siler walked away and Patterson inexplicably jumped in the water. Siler then allegedly jumped in after her. As the incident unfolded, the pair's 5-year-old daughter waited for them in the car, law enforcement added.
Unfortunately, neither Patterson and Siler made it out of the river.
"It’s just a tragedy that I don’t think I will ever get through because there’s nothing like losing a child," Patterson's mother, Denise Johnson, told the station.
Patterson's family said that the couple had had a history of domestic violence and that the 28-year-old had most likely been trying to get away from her partner. Now, the woman's grieving relatives are struggling to break the news to her daughter.
"She lost both parents and it’s just a traumatic experience," Sandra Johnson, Patterson's aunt, said of the 5-year-old girl. "I can’t even fathom telling her, but we’re all going to get together and we have to be strong for her."