ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a severed leg that washed ashore two days after Christmas in St. Petersburg is that of a missing Bradenton woman.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that the leg belonged to 38-year-old Kelly Moriarty, who remains missing along with her 62-year-old girlfriend, Doris Carter.

The two women were last seen by family on Dec. 16, when they left Carter’s house in a rural area north of Plant City, east of Tampa. They were in Moriarty’s car.

Four days later, the car was found abandoned in Parrish, near Bradenton. Then, on Dec. 27, a neatly severed leg, pale and bent at the knee, washed ashore in St. Petersburg.

The leg was finally traced to Moriarty last week.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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