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    PA - Beaver Co., WhtFem Head UP13338, 40-80, embalmed, gray hair, Dec'14

    Embalmed W/F Head : 50+ : Styled, Whitish-Gray Curls : All Teeth in Good Condition

    Economy Borough, Beaver County, is in South-Western, PA.

    Day 11

    Mon., Dec. 22nd: http://www.wtae.com/news/sketch-arti...-head/30274218:

    Includes Video & Sketch

    [ Awaiting: Eye Color - Cataract Implant(s) - Piercings - Previous Autopsy ]

    District Attorney: Whoever Removed the Head has Knowledge of Anatomy

    Economy Borough Police Department -- (724) 876-0380 -- police@economyboropd.com

    Mon., Dec. 22nd: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/...er-co-remains/:

    Includes Sketch

    Mon., Dec. 22nd: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/...ead-bea/njYjF/:

    Potential Criminal Charges Include:

    18 § 5510 :: Abuse Of Corpse :: Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree

    A$ Alway$: PA Crime$topper$ -- 1-800-4PA-TIPS - https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/


    Our Thanks To All Involved.
    Last edited by Richrd; 12-22-2014 at 09:03 PM.

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    good golly....
    ~ shine on you crAzy diamond ~ Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Really? View Post
    good golly....
    Jeepers creepers..


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    Thank you for posting this, Richard. This is very close to my church cemetery, but there are no reports of disturbed graves in the area. You'd think the coroner would recognize the woman if she had been a local resident who died recently and her body had been at the morgue. We're not really that populous a county and the woman's death would have been memorable since she died young in her fifties.

    The early articles were all stating it was unknown whether she had been embalmed for burial or if she was someone who had willed her body to science. From what I've read, medical cadavers are embalmed with different chemicals and processes than bodies embalmed for funeral viewings and burial, because in the former case the remains will have to last much longer in the medical school, months versus days. I imagine LE would have run tests to see which chemicals were used when she was embalmed, but there's no mention of the results yet.

    If she did will her body to science, she's a hero for doing so and her remains deserved far more respect than this. It's upsetting to think of the effects this could have on influencing others' decisions to do the same. I've read an interview with a medical school director in Pittsburgh who said all tissues are accounted for meticulously before being cremated and returned to the family, so this is a mystery.

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    This is the weirdest thing I've ever heard of..

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    PA - Wht/Fem Head, 50+, Embalmed, Beaver County, Gray Curls, All Teeth, 12 Dec '14

    Embalmed W/F Head : 50+ : Styled, Whitish-Gray Curls : All Teeth in Good Condition

    Economy Borough, Beaver County, is in South-Western, PA.

    Day 13

    Tue., Dec. 23th: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/7...#axzz3MpcmcACX:

    Eyes Removed for Transplantation or Medical Research.

    Eye Bank Association of America: http://www.restoresight.org/

    [ Awaiting: Piercings - Tattoos - Previous Autopsy ]

    District Attorney: Whoever Removed the Head has Knowledge of Anatomy

    Economy Borough Police Department -- (724) 876-0380 -- police@economyboropd.com

    Potential Criminal Charges Include:

    18 § 5510 :: Abuse Of Corpse :: Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree

    A$ Alway$: PA Crime$topper$ -- 1-800-4PA-TIPS - https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/



    Our Thanks To This Caring Organ Donor.

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    This is seriously weird. I guess real life is stranger than fiction.


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    Thank you for posting the new article, Richrd; it resolved at least some of the speculation from my last post. It doesn't sound as though she willed her body to science since her hair hadn't been shaved. And yes, prayers go out for this caring organ donor. She may well have helped restore someone's sight right in time for Christmas.

    An attempt to figure out a timeline, using Richrd's helpful links:

    * She passed and was declared dead; within 12 hours she was deemed to be a fit donor and her corneas/eyes were recovered for donation. She almost certainly had a close family member who could confirm she'd wanted to be an organ donor and who went through an interview about her medical history, so the donation was able to go through.

    * A funeral viewing, which would have been entirely possible even with the cornea/eye donation, was likely scheduled and the woman's hair was styled for it. (If it was to be a closed-casket service or there was no viewing, it's unlikely this service would have been paid for and/or needed.)

    * The viewing took place and someone mutilated her remains sometime after the closing of the casket and before burial. This is where I'm confused; I've attended enough funerals since childhood to know the drill in western PA: the viewing and service are held at the funeral home, the casket is closed and sealed in the presence of the relatives, a final service is held at the church and the casket is taken to the cemetery, and if they wish the family can stay to see the casket lowered into the ground. A procession of cars with funeral home flags follows the hearse from the funeral home to the church and then to the cemetery, and there's not much of a wait from the time the casket is closed at the funeral home until the pall bearers take it out to the hearse. Frankly, it's really confusing how someone with "anatomical knowledge" could have access to the remains in such a short time span, unless the casket was closed and the burial delayed for some reason.

    I hope this doesn't come across as insensitive, but while the woman's hair was styled, suggesting she had a funeral viewing, was there also facial makeup (like foundation) and/or the devices that morticians use on the mouth and eyes of the deceased prior to a viewing?

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    News article:

    http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/emb...ec359051e.html

    Berosh said further research has expanded the list of places that use cadavers for research and testing, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which uses cadavers to test how the human body reacts to crashes.
    Still no word on whether this UID was embalmed for just a funeral viewing or long-term research purposes. I would imagine any agency licensed to use cadavers for research, including the NHTSA, would have ultra-strict standards in place for releasing the remains to the family once they're through with the research. It's good to know LE is considering all possibilities.

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    Added to NamUs -- UP # 13338 -- National Missing & Unidentified Persons System

    PA - Wht/Fem Head, 50+, Embalmed, Beaver County, NamUs UP # 13338, 12 Dec '14

    Embalmed W/F Head : 50+ : Styled, Whitish-Gray Curls : All Teeth in Good Condition

    Economy Borough, Beaver County, is in South-Western, PA.

    Day 31

    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/full_report/13338


    Eyes Removed for Transplantation or Medical Research.

    [ Awaiting: Piercings - Tattoos - Previous Autopsy ]

    District Attorney: Whoever Removed the Head has Knowledge of Anatomy

    Economy Borough Police Department -- (724) 876-0380

    Potential Criminal Charges Include:

    18 § 5510 :: Abuse Of Corpse :: Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree

    A$ Alway$: PA Crime$topper$ -- 1-800-4PA-TIPS - https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/


    Our Thanks To This Caring Organ Donor.


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    3-D, Three-Dimensional Image Released

    PA - Wht/Fem Head, 50+, Embalmed, Beaver County, NamUs UP # 13338, 12 Dec '14

    Embalmed W/F Head : 50+ : Styled, Whitish-Gray Curls : All Teeth in Good Condition


    Economy Borough, Beaver County, is in South-Western, PA.

    Day 32

    Mon., Jan. 12th: http://www.wtae.com/news/sketch-arti...-head/30274218 :

    Includes 3-D Front, and Oblique Views

    Mon., Jan. 12th: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/...embalmed-head/:

    "Police determined the head wasn’t preserved in a manner used by Medical Schools,

    so they believe it came from a body Embalmed by a Funeral Home."

    Mon., Jan. 12th: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/...ll-help/njmbc/

    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/full_report/13338

    Eyes Removed for Transplantation, or Medical Research.

    District Attorney: Whoever Removed the Head has Knowledge of Anatomy

    Economy Borough Police Department -- (724) 876-0380

    Potential Criminal Charges Include:

    18 § 5510 :: Abuse Of Corpse :: Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree

    A$ Alway$: PA Crime$topper$ -- 1-800-4PA-TIPS - https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/



    Our Thanks To This Caring Organ Donor.
    Last edited by Richrd; 01-12-2015 at 05:11 PM. Reason: Added Fifth Link

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    Could there be a connection to this? Chicago-based Crematorium Services Inc. was raided and human remains seized, and not for the first time. **Warning** -- graphic details in article at link.

    http://us.sputniknews.com/us/20150115/1013490221.html

    It's still a long shot because that road in Economy really isn't on the beaten path to anywhere.

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    Could the eyes have been removed to hinder identification? If the person who removed the head in the first place "has knowledge of anatomy" they certainly could have removed the eyes. Just a thought, since it seems like there's a lot of emphasis being put on the fact that this woman could have been an organ donor.

    Then again, why leave a head laying around by a road?


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    As a licensed funeral director, it sounds to me like she was more likely embalmed for viewing purposes and not for medical school purposes. My boss used to be contracted to embalm bodies for the medical schools in the area and told me that preservation, not the appearance of the deceased, was the main purposes. Therefore, much stronger solutions of formaldehyde were used because of the length of time that students would be studying and working on a body. Once the medical schools were done with them, my boss told me they were mostly skeletonized (most likely from dissection) and he would have the bodies cremated.

    I've styled hair and put on makeup for bodies that were to have a closed casket viewing on the chance that the family may want to see the person. It is not uncommon that the family members may request to see their loved one for a few minutes even if they aren't going to have a formal open casket viewing. We've had situations where we didn't even charge for hairdressing since we do it ourselves and don't have an outside person come in.

    It is very possible that a mutilation could occur in a case of a viewing with a cremation. The person is embalmed and hairdressing and cosmetology are performed. And many times, the services are completed at the end of the viewing with no formal "funeral" the following morning. The casket would be left open. We will usually take the person to the crematory the next day providing we have secured the cremation permit and the crematory is open (i.e. Sundays they are usually closed). Hypothetically speaking, it would be possible for a funeral home employee to mutilate the body and then close the cremation casket and have the rest of the body cremated without anyone seeing anything. Now whether or not a worker at the crematory would notice a missing skull in the retort once the cremation container has burned away is another matter altogether.

    ETA: It could also be possible for the crematory employee to have access to the bodies once they are dropped off by the funeral director. He or She might be alone with the bodies for long enough periods to do something especially in smaller crematories that may not have a lot of employees.

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    Cremation Video, and Some Mortuary-To-Crematorium Questions

    PA - Wht/Fem Head, 50+, Embalmed, Beaver County, NamUs UP # 13338, 12 Dec '14

    Economy Borough, Beaver County, is in South-Western, PA.

    Day 47

    GRAPHIC Youtube Crematory Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHBaCZ3slis :

    GRAPHIC Comments & Questions:

    Video Clock at:
    (01:15) Transfer of Plastic Wrapped Body into Cremation Container:

    Q: Wouldn't the Staff notice the Absence of a Head at this point?

    (02:00) Mid-Flame Process of Partially Opening the Retort, & Tamping the Bones, including the Skull:

    Q: Wouldn't the Staff notice the Absence of a Head at this point, as well?

    (03:40) Note that the Video included the Cremains / Ashes of Nine Individuals:

    Q: Is a Metal Tag Included in some USA Crematoriums for Individual ID Purposes?

    Q: In the US, does the Mortuary typically wrap the Body in Plastic,

    since the out-sourced Crematorium has no use for a Coffin / Casket?

    Thanks In Advance, Sleuthers.

    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/full_report/13338

    A$ Alway$: PA Crime$topper$ -- 1-800-4PA-TIPS - https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/


    Our Special Thanks to LilacStar79 for Your Insider Comments.
    Last edited by Richrd; 01-27-2015 at 05:35 PM.

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