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Cops ID Man Whose Legs Were Found Near Train Station

A pair of human legs found near the State Street Railroad Station in New Haven earlier this month have been identified as those of homeless man who was last seen in May, according to police. (Published Monday, July 27, 2015)

A pair of human legs found near the State Street Railroad Station in New Haven earlier this month have been identified as those of homeless man who was last seen in May, according to police.

No information has yet been released on a pair of arms found hours later.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date in New Haven on June 17. He was not reported missing.

Roberson had an extensive criminal record, but it consists of minor offenses, according to police.

Investigators found his legs, severed near the knee, on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven.

Hours later, two dismembered arm were found three to four blocks away in a plastic bag, buried under the Chapel Street Bridge.

Police are treating this as a single case and said it's unlikely, but possible, the arms are from another victim.

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide but said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered.

"We do not have anything in the investigation that tells us where these dismemberments occurred, so we are not certain that this is going to remain only a New Haven case," said New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Investigators from the New Haven Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police will renew their search for additional body parts. Hartman said police are bringing in cadaver dogs and will expand the search area.

No additional body parts have been found or reported.

Authorities released a photo of Roberson on Monday hoping someone will have information that helps them piece together the events leading up to his death and dismemberment.

Police said the crime appears to be personal rather than a random act of violence.

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