UPDATE: Torso of woman found on Mississippi beach

UPDATE: Torso of woman found on Mississippi beach
Photo provided by WLOX.

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:05pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:57pm

UPDATE: Officials in Bay St. Louis are working to identify the woman discovered yesterday. They say they should have an identification by Saturday, June 9.

Many questioned whether the body could have been that of missing woman Mickey Shunick from Lafayette. However, the body found has distinguishing piercings that are not consistent with Shunick’s description.

We will provide an update as soon as it’s available.

ORIGINAL STORY: The dismembered body of a woman was found near the beach at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

According to NBC affiliate WLOX the body was discovered by a cleaning crew working on the beach. Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office say the unidentified female was missing a head, arms, and legs. The body also had stab wounds in the chest area.

We're told the woman appears to have washed ashore, but detectives are not sure at this time whether the limbs were intentionally removed. They say the woman appears to be in her late teens or early twenties.

A representative with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says they do not have any missing person's fitting that description on file. They urge anyone in neighboring areas with information on a missing female to contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Bay St. Louis is located roughly 115 miles from the center of Baton Rouge.

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