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Man finds human finger inside alligator snapping turtle

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A closeup portrait of an american alligator snapping turtle, hiding in in muddy water. (Getty Images) A closeup portrait of an american alligator snapping turtle, hiding in in muddy water. (Getty Images)

Covington, LA (Meredith/WGNO) -- The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in Covington, Louisiana, is trying to find the person who lost a finger to an alligator snapping turtle.

A man in Bush, Louisiana, was cleaning the animal in preparation for a meal when he found a human finger on June 11.

The turtle was caught on a trout line in western St. Tammany Parish, according to police. Officers began an investigation to determine who the finger belongs to, but haven't turned up any leads.

Efforts to retrieve a fingerprint from the digested digit have been unsuccessful and area hospitals have not reported any recent patients missing a finger.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office is assisting officers canvassing the area where the turtle was caught. Cadaver dogs are also assisting in the search.

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