Police in Indiana have found what they believe to be a missing woman’s foot.
ABC News reports that the partial remains are thought to belong to Najah Ferrell, a 30-year-old mother from Avon who’s been missing since March 15.
The foot was found by local fishermen at a lake in Crown Point, Indiana, over 100 miles from Ferrell’s home. It was identified by a tattoo of Ferrell’s first name. DNA tests have yet to confirm that it belonged to Ferrell.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Avon Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Nugent, accompanied by Ferrell’s mother, confirmed that they believe Ferrell’s presumed death is the result of foul play.
He noted that his team has yet to determine a cause of death, or how long the foot was in the water. He called the development “a devastating outcome” and told the press "we have very few answers.”
According to the Indianapolis Star, Ferrell’s car was found abandoned at an intersection in Indianapolis in March. Authorities also found a string of items believed to belong to Ferrell on the road near the empty vehicle. In an exhaustive search, police have filed more than 30 search warrants and held over 40 interviews over the course of nearly four weeks.
Nugent confirmed Wednesday that the lake where the foot was found is located in a county in which Ferrell once lived. He also said that the police believe “somebody knows something” about the case. A sweep of the lake, which utilised underwater sonar, divers, and a drone, has not been confirmed to yield any other evidence or remains.
Avon Police have not yet named a person of interest. In Wednesday’s press conference, Nugent urged anyone with information regarding the case to “come forward.”
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