Remains turn up, confound coroner
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.