A Russian town is living in fear of a 'cannibal surgeon' after the macabre discovery of a naked woman's body with flesh carved from one breast and her legs.
The unidentified woman had been stabbed in the chest and battered on her head.
Aged around 30-years-old, her body was found with both hands wrapped in plastic bags on a riverbank in Aramil in the Urals with surgical gloves left at the sinister crime scene.
The calf muscles on both legs had been 'carved' from her body, and one breast dismembered with a knife.
Locals have branded the killer the 'Aramil surgeon'.
Surgical gloves were found at the scene. The Investigative Committee, equivalent to the FBI, has confirmed a murder investigation has been launched
The mutilated body was found with both hands tied with plastic bags while flesh from one breast and her legs had been sliced off
This is the riverbank in Aramil in the Urals where the unidentified woman was found, with surgical gloves left next to the body
'We can confirm it was murder. We are looking for possible suspects,' said a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, equivalent to the FBI.
He denied local rumours that other bodies had been found.
'Local people are in panic, women are scared to go out alone, children are kept at home,' reported 66.ru news website.
Residents are demanding street patrols after the gruesome find.
The woman's calf muscles on both legs had been 'carved' from her body, and one breast dismembered with a knife
Urals, also known as the Ural Mountains, is located in west Russia. Locals living near the gruesome discovery are scared to even leave their homes for work
A mother who lives in Amaril said she fears there is a cannibal presiding in the town, describing the attack as 'unusual'
'It's scary - we fear a cannibal is somewhere in our town,' said one mother named Olga.
'Her body meat was cut off, it's so unusual.
'We are even scared to go to work in the morning and we don't allow children to walk alone in case the maniac attacks them for dinner.'
Oleg, who lives close to where the body was found, said: 'Police asked for a blanket to cover the woman.
'They asked me if I had heard something suspicious but I heard nothing.'