Man Caught Trafficking Human Remains He Found on Facebook

Man Caught Trafficking Human Remains He Found on Facebook

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( – People commonly donate their bodies to science after they die. The remains often end up at a university. Recently, police investigated a Pennsylvania man after receiving a tip that he had body parts in his basement. So, how did 40-year-old Jeremy Pauly get the human remains, and what did he intend to do with them?

A spokesman for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock said a female mortuary employee stole parts of human remains and shipped them through the mail to Pauly. On June 14, East Pennsboro Township Police received a call that the man was selling human parts on Facebook. When they first visited him, everything checked out. He was selling skulls legally. On July 8, detectives received another tip indicating he had buckets of organs and skin in his basement.

Officials say they found human skin, two brains, a heart, a spleen, fat, a kidney, two livers, and more, and investigators claim he bought the organs from the mortuary worker for $4,000. Cumberland County District Attorney Sean McCormack said the core case is about stolen property.

Officials charged Pauley with felony receiving stolen property, felony dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, misdemeanor receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor abuse of a corpse. Officials released him on a $50,000 bail. Local authorities coordinated the investigation with the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, and the US Postal Service.

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