Delray Beach police closed the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway at the George Bush Boulevard as they investigate a homicide. Multiple road patrol officers and members of the crime scene investigations team and the medical examiner's office were scrutinizing a wooded area at the northwest corner of the bridge. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
By Rich Pollack
Delray Beach police closed the George Bush Boulevard bridge for more than four hours today as they continued their investigation into three suitcases with human remains found in the Intracoastal Waterway.
Detectives and crime scene investigators worked just north of the bridge on the west side of the waterway, bringing in a dog and using shovels, but did not find anything of value to their investigation, according to police spokesman Ted White.
The area is just south of where the first suitcase was discovered shortly after 4 p.m. July 21 near the 1000 block of Palm Trail. Two more suitcases with body parts were found a short time later along the Intracoastal close to Casuarina Road and Southeast Seventh Avenue.
Detectives say the victim in their homicide investigation is a white or Hispanic middle-aged woman with brown hair who was about 5-feet-4-inches tall. She may also have had tattooed eyebrows. She was wearing a floral tank top and black mid-thigh shorts.
The George Bush Boulevard bridge, which was closed around 7:30 a.m., reopened shortly after noon.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Liberta at 561-243-7874.
LEFT: The victim was wearing a floral tank top. Photo provided