Heads, Torsos Found in Medical Waste Shipment

Company claimed it had cremated them
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2010 8:26 AM CDT
Heads, Torsos Found in Medical Waste Shipment
Containers holding unidentified body parts are stored by the Wyandotte County coroner Tuesday, in Kansas City. The body parts were discovered in a truck at a medical waste company.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Police have arrested the owner of a company they say claimed to cremate bodies, but instead dismembered them and dumped them as medical waste. The saga began when seven human heads and torsos, which appeared to have been cut up with a chainsaw or something similar, were found inside of red biohazard containers in a medical waste shipment, the AP reports. The containers, and bodies, were traced back to a New Mexico firm called Bio Care.

Bio Care is in the business of selling organs to medical research facilities. Bodies are donated to the company, with the expectation that it will sell some organs, cremate the rest, and give the family the ashes. Now, police are charging owner Paul Montano with fraud. He denies dismembering any bodies. The relatives of those found dismembered were suitably appalled. “It’s really disturbing,” said one, adding that he intended to contact a lawyer. (Read more Bio Care stories.)

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