HUNTS POINT, The Bronx — It appears to be a murder mystery that now has crime scenes in two states.
Detectives, crime scene technicians and the medical examiner are all trying to figure out how a woman's torso and leg ended up in the trash at a garbage transfer station here.
They're also now combing through mountains of trash in search of the rest of her remains. It's part of a case that started in the early morning on Tuesday.
"Around 4:10, 4:20," said Shalik Wright, a worker at the transfer station at 287 Halleck Street. "That's when we noticed something."
He and a co-worker were manning a machine that helps to load trash brought in on private hauling trucks onto tractor trailers, which transport the garbage to landfills or incinerators.
"We stopped the machine," Wright said. "We went to go look, and that's when we discovered there was a body."
Specifically, they saw a woman's torso and one of her legs. One of the tractor trailer drivers, Elias Rodriguez, also saw the remains. "It's shocking that it did happen here," he told PIX11 News.
He also pointed out that the crime scene stretches 20 miles to a site in North Jersey.
"Two of the containers that I delivered earlier are in Kearny," he said, "because there is a chance some other remains ended up in those containers."
Tuesday evening, the medical examiner's office removed the remains from the transfer station scene for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
Meanwhile, crime scene technicians comb through some 300 tons of trash on site in the Bronx and in Kearny looking for evidence, including more body parts, possibly.
It's gruesome work, that they and witnesses hope leads to a killer.
"I'm hoping they do find the rest of the remains," said Rodriguez, "and notify the family of their loss."