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New Jersey resident finds severed foot and partial ankle in sneaker

POHATCONG TWP., NJ. - Police in Warren County are investigating a grisly discovery made Sunday.

A resident found a sneaker with a human bone in it in the 300 block of River Road in Pohatcong Township.

Officials said the bones are confirmed to be a human foot and partial ankle.

They were found inside a women's white Reebok sneaker size 9, police said.

The remains are completely decomposed and only skeletal, police said.

Officials are working to identify the bones and get answers as to what happened.

"I've been here for 17 years, I've never found body parts," said Detective Sgt. Scott Robb of the Pohatcong Township Police Department.

"You might see a deceased animal but it's not every day you find human remains in a shoe," he added.

Robb said tests should help determine the bones age and if they belong to a man or a woman.

Robb said the case is unusual but his department will work with nearby agencies to identify the bones and hopefully help bring closure to that person's family.

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