Severed leg on Dolan property could match torso

Updated: March 29, 2007, 1:01 AM ET
Associated Press

COVE NECK, N.Y. -- A severed human leg that washed up Wednesday on the Long Island Sound estate of billionaire James Dolan was possibly linked to a tattooed torso discovered inside a suitcase three weeks ago on a Westchester County beach, authorities said.

Dolan is the CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp. and the chairman of Madison Square Garden, owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

Police were investigating whether another leg bone and human foot discovered Tuesday night in Suffolk County were related to the other body parts surfacing on either side of the sound, authorities said.

"Based on some similarities that I can't really comment on, we're treating it as a very good possibility that the two legs belong to our victim," said Detective Sgt. Robert Holland of the Village of Mamaroneck police department.

On Wednesday morning, a landscaper working on the Dolan property found the limb near the shoreline, where it apparently washed in from the sound and remained after low tide, said Nassau County police Lt. Kevin Smith. The employee opened the bag and made the grisly discovery.

The leg "could have floated for miles before it got to where it did," said Smith.

Its final stop was the waterfront property of Dolan.

The small, exclusive village where the leg appeared is also home to the former so-called summer White House of President Teddy Roosevelt.

On Tuesday night, a fisherman found a right foot and a leg bone -- possibly female -- among the rocks in Cold Spring Harbor, said Lt. Dennis Dooley of the Lloyd Harbor police. The remains were turned over to the Suffolk County medical examiner for identification.

The two legs appeared a little more than three weeks after the stabbed torso, stuffed inside a suitcase with a shirt and a pair of pants, floated onto a beach in suburban Mamaroneck on March 3. Authorities said at the time that the victim was a Hispanic or black woman, no taller than 5-foot-6, weighing 180 to 200 pounds.

The victim had a tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast. Police had yet to identify the body when the two legs were discovered on Long Island.

Homicide investigators were at the Dolan property, and a police dive team was in the water searching for further remains or evidence, Smith said. It was unclear how long the leg had been in the water, and the remains were turned over to the Nassau County medical examiner for identification, the lieutenant said.

According to Holland, the various jurisdictions were working out the details on handling forensics and other aspects of the investigation.

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