ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Seven heads and at least a dozen body parts, some of which camefrom New Mexico, were found recently in a Kansas City company thatincinerates medical waste.
A week and a half ago, a head and torso showed up at anincinerator in Kansas City. The body parts were from differentpeople.
They were discovered at Stericycle, a company that disposes ofmedical waste by burning it and taking it to the landfill. Thecompany does not handle body parts.
By the time workers realized it, the head and torso had alreadygone through the incinerator.
The medical examiner said the body parts were packaged withlabels from an Albuquerque business called Bio Care. Bio Care is anon-profit company that collects and distributes bodies donated forscience.
Police in Kansas City then intercepted a truck carrying morebody parts that was heading to Stericycle.
There were six heads, at least a dozen limbs and lots of tissuein drums with the Bio Care label. One of the body parts still had atag on it from the Office of the Medical Investigator inAlbuquerque.
OMI said it has no bodies missing, and that it only releasesbodies to funeral homes or family members.
Albuquerque police investigated Bio Care and shut down theiroffice near Interstate 25 and Alameda for one day. BioCare's ownersaid all of his company's bodies are accounted for. He said theydon't ship bodies out of state and they only use a localcrematorium. Once research is complete, Bio Care cremates bodiesand returns them to families.
Police looked into fraud charges and the legality of how thebodies were shipped. The owner of Bio Care was charged with threecounts of fraud.
It is easier to find out what laws were broken once the bodiesare identified and the police figure out who shipped them.
Stericycle, the company in Kansas City, told police it doesn'tknow if it has incinerated more bodies without realizing it. Ifthat did happen, the ashes would end up at the landfill.
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