Police Find Torso in New Haven Building Amid Investigation Into Severed Body Part

Police have found a torso in a vacant building almost two weeks after finding two dismembered legs and two arms in New Haven, Connecticut. 

The torso was discovered in a vacant building that was a former Salvation Army thrift store on Crown Street while state police cadaver dogs scoured the area.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date June 17.

Roberson was not reported missing prior to his death.

His legs, severed near the knee, were found on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven, near the State Street Railroad Station.

The arms found in a plastic bag blocks away from the legs are likely Roberson's, police said.

On Wednesday, police obtained information that Roberson might have spent time at the now-vacant Salvation Army building at 301 George Street, which led to a search there as well as at another building, 274 Crown Street, which shares the same parking lot.

Around 2 a.m. on Thursday, police found the torso inside 274 Crown Street, the former thrift store.

It is too early to know if the torso was from the same man. The office of the chief medical examiner and state forensic lab must complete their investigation to determine that.

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide and have said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered and they are hoping someone will come forward with information to help solve the case.

Authorities said earlier this week that the crime appears to have been personal rather than random.

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