UPDATE: Erie Police have had contact with Tampa Police about local missing person case

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Erie Police Department has confirmed they have been in communication with the Tampa Police Department about a missing person’s case.

According to Chief Dan Spizarny, on Nov. 11, the EPD took a report from a woman claiming her daughter was missing in Florida and sent a strange text. Afterward, the daughter could no longer be reached.

Spizarney added at this point, there is no definitive connection between the missing woman and a death investigation in Tampa, Fla.

According to Tampa Police, at just before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, fishermen in the McKay Bay area saw what looked to be a human body part floating in the water. They contacted Tampa Police Department immediately.

The next day, Friday, local affiliate WFLA said detectives went back to McKay Bay just before noon when additional body parts were found in the area. The victim has not been identified at this time.

According to the Tampa Police Department, this 2008 silver Hyundai Elantra with Pennsylvania tags was located Tuesday afternoon. They believe it is connected to their investigation, but they have not released what county or city the suspect is from.

Spizarney confirmed the two police departments are working together, trying to figure out if the case in Florida has a local connection. The investigation is ongoing.

Tampa Police released this image of a tattoo on the body part recovered in McKay Bay on Thursday. The tattoo has the names Sean, Greg and Zach in three hearts. They hope someone can identify this to let them know who the victim is.

Tampa Bay Police confirmed Tampa Bay Crimestoppers is currently offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of any involved suspects. Anyone with information regarding such active criminal investigations, who also want to be eligible for a cash reward, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). You also submit tips online to Crimestoppers HERE.

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