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Fetuses Immersed in Brain Tissue Found at Detroit Warehouse

FBI agents made grisly discoveries at a Detroit warehouse were body parts were improperly stored. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI raided a rundown warehouse in Detroit in December 2013, they made grisly discoveries at what turned out to be a black-market body parts business.

Agent found infected bodies dismembered with chainsaws, rotting, un-embalmed heads soaked in mouthwash and water, and human remains washed down the drain or thrown into the regular garbage.

New and disturbing photos obtained by Reuters show that federal investigators also found four preserved fetuses, which appear to be in their second trimester, immersed in a dark liquid that included human brain tissue. 

It’s unclear what Arthur Rathburn, owner of International Biological Inc., intended to do with the fetuses and how he obtained them. Selling fetuses for profit is a violation of federal law.

“This needs to be reviewed,” said U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who recently chaired a special U.S. House committee on the use of fetal tissue.

Rathburn is accused of defrauding medical researchers and educators by sending them infected body parts, without the families’ consent, from a rundown warehouse.

Rathburn has pleaded not guilty and is facing a trial in January in a criminal case that, until now, made no mention of fetuses.

FBI Agents in Hazmat Suits Raid Chicago-Area Businesses in Body Parts Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents raided a crematorium and office building in suburban Chicago as part of what appears to be an investigation into the illegal sale and trafficking of human body parts, FOX 32 reports.

Agents cordoned off the areas with yellow tape while some of them donned hazmat suits.

The FBI declined to comment other than to say there is an investigation.

Detroit’s FBI office is leading the case after raiding the business of a former University of Michigan professor accused of being involved in the illegal trade of body parts. That case is linked to other across the country.

 

FBI Raids Arizona Business That Sells Bodies, Body Parts to Research Facilities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI raided a business in Arizona that buys cadavers and body parts for a human tissue bank, AZFamily.com reports.

Federal and state authorities wearing masks hauled away boxes from Biological Resource Center on Monday.

The business describes itself as a facility that “connects those who wish to donate their body to science with medical and research facilities.”

The FBI declined to divulge details.

“I can’t tell you much,” Stephanie Grisham with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office told AZFamily.com. “All I can say is that it’s a joint investigation between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.”

FBI Searches for Human Remains at Industrial Area Owned by Anatomy Expert

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI is searching for bone fragments and other human remains at an industrial area on Detroit’s east side, WXYZ reports.

Crews in HAZMAT suits searched the area Thursday and plan to resume today.

WXYZ conjectured that it’s possible that human body parts were being sold but provided no evidence or attribution.

The industrial site, International Biological, is owned by Arthur Rathburn, a suburban man who worked in the anatomy department for the University of Michigan from 1984 to 1990.

Agents also searched his home.