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Authorities ID severed hands, feet found in SC; victim knew she was in danger, mom says
Body Parts Apart SC 5803313
This is an undated mugshot provided by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office of Mekole Michelle Harris, 34 who was identified during a news conference Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Greenville, S.C. Authorities say her severed hands were found in seperate black bags on Monday. Authorities think Harris is likely dead. - photo by Associated Press
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — A woman whose severed hands and feet were found outside two homes about a mile apart had known her life was in danger, her mother said Tuesday.
    Using fingerprint records, authorities on Tuesday identified the hands as those of Mekole Michelle Harris, a 34-year-old with a lengthy criminal record.
    Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said the feet also are believed to be from Harris, and that although the rest of her body has not been found it’s unlikely she’s still alive. The body parts were found Monday.
    Jessie Mae Harris said her daughter told her last week that ‘‘someone wanted to kill her’’ but did not say who.
    ‘‘She said that she was trying to get her life straight,’’ said Jessie Mae Harris, of Fountain Inn.
    Family and friends said Mekole Harris tried to be caring, but that she was a longtime drug addict whose four children live with relatives. Police records show that Harris had been convicted of drug and prostitution charges as recently as last year.
    ‘‘She was a kind, loving person,’’ her 64-year-old mother told The Associated Press. ‘‘She never hurt anybody. The only person she hurt was herself.’’
    Harris lived in poor, dangerous neighborhoods of this South Carolina city and some residents in the community where the body parts were found said they were taking extra safety measures until an arrest is made.
    ‘‘Can’t nobody sleep now,’’ said Andrea Young, 40, whose dog discovered one of the bags containing body parts. ‘‘They’re locking their doors, windows, lights on in their house — everything.’’
    Trash bags, empty bottles and other debris line the dead-end street near the home where one of the bags was found. The other was discovered about a mile away at an apartment. Harris’ last known address is less than 4 miles from there.
    Authorities said there was no obvious connection between Harris and where the limbs were found.

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