Biscayne Bay remains identified

Search on for suspect

MIAMI, Florida – Law enforcement authorities on Thursday continued their investigation into finding who may have killed a construction laborer whose remains were discovered in two plastic bags in Biscayne Bay.

Late Wednesday night, Miami police identified the victim as Osben Laparra, 21, of Miami.

A bicyclist spotted the first bag floating in the water off Pelican Harbor about 8:45 a.m.

The discovery touched off an hours-long search by divers and police boats in the calm waters for additional remains.

About 12:30 p.m., police searchers found a second bag about one-fourth of a mile away in the water near 7899 NE Bayshore Ct.

Detectives later released a description of the remains: a man in his 30s, medium complexion with black, straight, medium-to-shoulder-length hair.

That prompted a call from Laparra’s brother, who was listening to the reports.

The brother told authorities Laparra had been missing since Saturday, and he identified him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Miami homicide at 305-579-6530.

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