Part of a human leg has been found on a major highway in the Northern Territory, with police unsure whether its owner is dead or alive.
A traveler discovered the lower leg on the Stuart Highway in Coolalinga, 30 kilometers south of Darwin, around 9am on Tuesday.
“We had a medical examiner on scene who confirmed that the remains are a lower leg of a dark-skinned human,” Senior Detective Sergeant Paul Morrissey told reporters.
Police found no other body parts in the area despite extensive search efforts and do not know if the victim is dead or alive.
Senior Detective Sergeant Morrissey said the person likely suffered a serious injury.
“We think it’s in the last 24 hours,” he said.
“There have been no reports to hospitals or clinics with an injury of this severity.”
A crime scene was declared at the site and the motorway linking Darwin to Alice Springs and Adelaide was closed in both directions.
Major accident and crime scene investigators and crime detectives were also called to the scene.
General Tasks and Tactical Response Group officers assisted in searching the area, focusing on the natural grass and tree covered strip separating the dual carriageway.
Police have asked motorists with dash cam footage recorded on the stretch of freeway between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning to come forward.