Customs officials found 18 heads at an airport. It sounds bizarre but there is a perfectly sound explanation for the frozen heads that were recently uncovered. On Jan. 16, ABC News reported that the heads found at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were actually being used for medical research in Italy... and then they were returned to Chicago. They were held up at the airport because of a paperwork issue. The medical examiner in Chicago is now involved.
"We are involved because they can't store them any longer. We'll be examining the heads in the autopsy room today, but there is no foul play suspected in the collection of the heads," Tony Brucci, chief of investigations at the medical examiner's office told ABC News.
The 18 heads found at the airport aren't the only human remains that have gone through customs either. Last week, there were 8 unembalmed heads transported to Rush University Medical Center for research purposes. Most of these human heads end up at a crematory and are safely "disposed." As for the 18 that have been sitting at O'Hare, a crematory service has already started the process of claiming them.
"The crematory has done nothing wrong. In fact, they were just here to hand all the paperwork over, and we're satisfied everything is on the up-and-up. We are releasing them back to the crematory soon," explained Brucci.
The 18 heads found at the airport will be released to the crematory once the paperwork is looked over.
© Effie Orfanides 2013