ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Medical investigators have identified three people out of thehuman heads and other body parts from Albuquerque that turned up ata medical dump in Kansas.
One of them is definitely an Albuquerque man who died last year,but Kansas City medical investigators are not releasing anynames.
News 13 has learned there was a tag on an arm that led to anAlbuquerque funeral home, which reportedly claims it cremated theman last September.
Hundreds of pounds of human remains were on their way toStericycle, a Kansas City company that incinerates medical wastelike bandages and used needles. Stericycle does not handle bodyparts.
Last week a worker there found the first head and torso. A fewdays later, police intercepted a truck full of shipping drums withsix heads and other remains.
The labels have the same number and address of an Albuquerquecompany called BioCare, which handles bodies donated for medicalresearch. After the research is complete, BioCare is supposed tocremate what’s left of the body and return it to thefamily.
The funeral home told Kansas investigators BioCare gave them abox last September, which supposedly contained a man's remainsready for cremation. The funeral home said it didn't open the box,just cremated it and gave the ashes to the family.
As the case expands, the medical investigator said he is tryingto ID the heads first. One head has a distinct tattoo which maylead to a quick identification.
On Monday, a man claiming to be an Albuquerque Police sergeanttold News 13 BioCare had been investigated and cleared.
APD said Tuesday it has no officer by the name the man used andthat the police department hasn't cleared anybody.
The CBS affiliate in Kansas City also got a phone call from aphony cop trying to kill the story there.
Medical investigators in Kansas are now seeking records fromBioCare to help identify remains and figure out what's goingon.
BioCare owner Paul Montano did not return phones calls onTuesday.
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