Re­mains turn up, con­found coroner

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By JOE LAMBE

Firm that takes bodies do­nated to sci­ence may have sent them to a KCK med­i­cal waste com­pany.

Six hu­man heads and 12 tubs of body parts are in a Kansas City, Kan., morgue, and for now, they are the Wyan­dotte County coroner’s prob­lem — and mys­tery.

Kansas City, Kan., po­lice say no lo­cal crime was com­mit­ted, so they are not in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Po­lice in Al­bu­querque, N.M., where the body parts orig­i­nated, also are not in­ter­ested in start­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But the coroner, Alan Han­cock, is not pleased. Au­thor­i­ties say, how­ever, that it is un­clear whether any laws have been bro­ken.

“They were sent though the mail,” Han­cock said. “It seems like a crime to me.”

Han­cock ex­plained how the sit­u­a­tion took shape about two weeks ago:

Em­ploy­ees at a med­i­cal waste dis­posal com­pany in Kansas City, Kan., Ster­i­cy­cle, found they had par­tially in­cin­er­ated a head and torso, which had been sent to them in a sealed bag from a com­pany in New Mex­ico.

An of­fi­cial at Ster­i­cy­cle did not re­turn a phone call, but a worker said the com­pany did not know­ingly dis­pose of bodies.

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