Human finger found in fish belly

Posted at 7:11 AM, Sep 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-26 07:12:56-04

From Amanda Watts, CNN

(CNN) — It’s a fish tale almost impossible to believe.

A fisherman found a human finger in the belly of a trout caught in a remote northern Idaho lake. And detectives located the owner, who delivered a surprising message.

Despite their hard detective work, Haans Galassi said he did not want to be reunited with his severed digit.

“At first the sheriff asked me if I wanted it back, and I was thinking ‘um, no!” Galassi, 31, said.

The reunion may bring back too much pain for Galassi , who is getting over the accident two months ago on an Idaho lake.

Galassi was wakeboarding on Priest Lake in July while holding on to a rope attached to a speed boat. Then things went terribly wrong.

He noticed too much slack in the rope, tried to correct it and the rope wrapped around his left hand, he said.

“It pulled me over in the water and dragged me for a few feet before it broke me free,” Galassi said. “I didn’t feel pain at first, just numbness and I pulled my hand out of water and it was bad news. I look and see I’m missing all four fingers at that point.”

Galassi was rushed to the hospital and has been trying to get by without his missing fingers. He learned that he can still grip and grab items such as a steering wheel with his affected hand.

And then he got the strange phone call Tuesday from Detective Gary Johnston of the Bonner County Sheriff’s Department .

A fisherman found the finger on September 11, quickly put it in a freezer and called the sheriff’s department, Johnston said. CNN was unable to reach the fisherman.

“The lake is cold and deep so it was in remarkably good shape,” Johnston said. “We’d fingerprinted it and sent it to the state lab to match what’s on file and lo and behold they came back and said that’s Haans’ little finger.”

Since Galassi said he did not want it, the sheriff’s department will leave the finger in an evidence freezer in case he changes his mind, Johnston said.

And Galassi may be changing his mind.

“Now I’m thinking what if I can get it put back on,” he said. “I’ve called my doctor to see if they can put it back on and I’m waiting for him to call me back.”