Crematorium investigated for including extra body parts in urns

Source: The Local

When you receive the urn of a deceased loved one, you generally assume you’re only going home with that family member. But a Regensburg crematorium is suspected of slipping other people’s body parts into the mix.

Employees of a crematorium in Regensburg, Bavaria, are currently under investigation for mixing in the burnt up extra body parts of other people into cremated remains.

State prosecutors said on Wednesday that they were looking into up to 200 cases between 2011 and 2015 involving violations of waste management as well as of desecrating graves. The crematorium was searched and documents were seized by authorities on Tuesday.

“The body parts did not come from other corpses, but probably from medical procedures such as amputations or the removal of tissues, like for blood tests,” said chief prosecutor Theo Ziegler.

These body parts and tissue samples should have been disposed of properly as special waste. The motive behind the potential violations is still unclear, though Ziegler said it could have been for some kind of personal gains. The origins of the extra body parts is still to be investigated.

“If the accusations are confirmed, it would constitute a clear crime of desecration of graves,” said spokesperson for the Federal Association of German Undertakers, Oliver Wirthmann.

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