Graveyard Shift

Shocking Discoveries of Mysterious Body Parts  

Christopher Shultz
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It's a headline that's all too common: Body parts found in everyday common places, like trash cans, rivers, lakes, in parks, and on trails. It's probably one of the most gruesome things a citizen or police officer can discover, and it happens quite a lot. There are even a few unsolved mysteries with body parts playing an integral role to the crime, the biggest perhaps being all the unidentified remains recovered after the September 11th attacks in New York City. Here are 10 cases—both solved and unsolved—of body parts turning up in mysterious circumstances.
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A Possible Victim of the Black Market Body Part Trade
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In rural Pennsylvania, a child walking home through the woods made a gruesome discovery on December 12, 2014: the embalmed, severed head of a middle-aged woman. Even more disturbing, the woman's eyes had been replaced with red rubber balls. Even though police received numerous leads, the woman's identity was never established. Many believe her to be the victim of a black market body parts trade that is "pretty expansive," according to Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh.
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A Bunch Of Severed Hands Showed Up In Russia

In 2018, 27 pairs of human hands were found in Siberia. A fisherman made the discovery while walking along the Amur River. He saw one hand poking out from the snow, and quickly discovered there were several more. The hands were found in bags. Authorities said they were probably from a local forensics lab that did not properly get rid of the hands, but some question whether that is the truth. 

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Hands, Feet, and Head of Missing Child Recovered
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In September 2015, the badly decomposed hands, feet, and head of a small child were discovered floating in a lagoon in Chicago's Garfield Park. They were eventually identified as belonging to Kyrian Knox, a two year old who had been missing for several weeks prior to the remains being recovered. Although Knox was identified, police hit a dead-end when friends of the family refused to cooperate with the investigation.
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Head Found Near Hollywood Sign
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In January 2012, two women walking their dogs in Bronson Canyon, near the Hollywood sign, discovered the severed head, hands, and feet of a man who was later identified as 66-year-old Hervey Medellin. The case remained cold until 2014, when the police arrested Gabriel Campos-Martinez in connection with Medellin's murder.  

It was revealed that Campos-Martinez had been Medellin's live-in boyfriend for several years. It wasn't clear why Campos-Martinez murdered and dismembered Medellin, though investigators did discover a recent search term on a computer found in the couple's apartment: "Butcher a Human Carcass for Human Consumption."  

The rest of Medellin's body, as well as the murder weapon and dismemberment tools, were never discovered.
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