Investigators have located a car thought to belong to a missing free-lance journalist who may have been the victim of a slaying in which a pair of severed legs were found in a supermarket trash container.

Salt Lake Sheriff's Capt. Bob Jack said the vehicle was found by officers on the city's west side early Sunday. The car is believed to be that of Larry Duane White, 51, who last was seen Monday.The legs, severed neatly at the upper thigh shortly after the victim died, were found in a trash bin behind a Smith's Food King in the southern Salt Lake Valley, authorities said.

White, originally of Fort Wayne, Ind., was reported missing Tuesday by his father, who shared an apartment with him.

Sheriff's Lt. Ben Forbes said White's father identified a blood-stained sweater and shirt and a pair of eye-glasses as belonging to his son.

The man also described a scar on his son's leg. The recovered right leg had a scar, possibly an old burn, on the right outside calf area.

The legs have been sent to an FBI lab to determine the kind of tool used to cut them off, Sheriff Pete Hayward said earlier.

Investigators also planned to use DNA fingerprinting, in which genetic material is used to eliminate possible identities, in hopes of determining the person from whom the legs were taken, he said.

"We'll use the DNA on the blood and, of course, we will have information from fingerprints on the bag and tapes" found in the trash can, Hayward said.