Thursday, April 1, 2010

Paul Montano charged with fraud in body parts case

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM

click to enlarge Paul Montano, 31, has a lot of explaining to do after seven human heads were shipped to KCK from New Mexico.
  • Paul Montano, 31, has a lot of explaining to do after seven human heads were shipped to KCK from New Mexico.

Remember those human heads and body parts from New Mexico that ended up in Kansas City, Kansas?

Authorities in New Mexico have charged Paul Montano with three counts of fraud.

Court documents say Montano owns the New Mexico Learning Center and Bio Care, a non-profit that collects bodies and organs for scientific research.

The organs go out for research and Bio Care refrigerates the body until the organs are returned. Then Bio Care sends the body for cremation and returns the ashes to the family.

Bio Care is then supposed to send any remaining medical waste to a Kansas City, Kansas, company called Stericycle

for incineration. This had been going on since October 2008 with

Stericycle disposing of medical waste, soft tissue, organs and

sometimes limbs. But never heads and torsos. In the last few months,

employees started noticing larger shipments from the New Mexico

Learning Center. 

Then on March 20, they discovered a head and a torso. In the next couple of days, the found more heads and body parts.

They found a total of seven human heads and about a dozen

other body parts, all sent from the New Mexico Learning Center. They called KCK police.

Meanwhile, New Mexico detectives talked with folks with a funeral home

who Montano had given five names of people to be cremated. But they

have never received

the bodies. 

In an interview with detectives, Montano said he's the only one

who loads the containers destined for Stericycle. Asked about the

bodies that he never delivered to the funeral home, Montano said

they're still in his refrigeration unit. However, detectives in KCK

told New Mexico police that two of the bodies had been identified as

names Montano had never delivered to the funeral home.

New Mexico's KOB Channel 4 reports that one of the bodies has been identified as 42-year-old Jacqueline Marie Snyder of Albuquerque. KCTV 5 has two more names: Chuck Hines and Harold Dillard.

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