A man was purchasing human body parts online, according to the Cumberland County district attorney’s office.
Jeremy Pauley, 40, was arrested Thursday and is charged with abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities.
East Pennsboro Township police received a complaint on June 14 about possible human body parts being sold online.
On or around July 8, police were called to Pauley’s former home on North Enola Drive by a caller who reported finding possible human remains inside several buckets in the basement.
The district attorney’s office said that after police conducted a search warrant and seized the buckets, a forensic pathologist confirmed the remains were human body parts. According to a criminal complaint, those parts included brains, a heart, kidney, spleen, livers, lungs and skin.
Pauley purchased the remains through Facebook Messenger, according to investigators.
Police said they obtained messages that showed Pauley was attempting to purchase additional remains from a woman in Arkansas. Those items were to be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service to Pennsylvania. The district attorney’s office said the packages were intercepted in Scranton and contained human remains.
The criminal complaint alleges the woman was stealing the body parts from a mortuary in Arkansas and shipping them to Pennsylvania for sale. The human remains were determined to be the property of the University of Arkansas, according to investigators.
A criminal complaint alleges Pauley admitted to purchasing two shipments of human body parts to sell to people for monetary gain.
“This is one of the most bizarre investigations I have encountered in my 33 years as a prosecutor. Just when I think I have seen it all, a case like this comes around,” District Attorney Seán M. McCormack said.
Police said Pauley was released on $50,000 dollars unsecured bail.