Published: Dec 28, 2011 4:19 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A severed human leg was discovered in a St. Petersburg yard after it washed up from nearby Tampa Bay.
    
The leg was found Tuesday. St. Petersburg Police say the limb was discovered by a Canadian couple staying at the home while on vacation.
    
The Pinellas County Medical Examiner took the leg for investigation and is trying to determine the race, sex, age and approximate time of death of the person. Police say it's a right leg with the foot missing at the ankle. It also appears to belong to a heavy set person and is clean shaven.
    
A St. Petersburg Police spokesman says the agency has sent its marine unit to check the surrounding waters for any additional evidence.

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