SALEM, Oregon (AP) – Authorities are investigating programmes in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes.
An FBI official in Detroit confirmed that the bureau is looking at an Oregon research centre, and investigators have raided facilities in Michigan and Arizona. Besides confirming the existence of an investigation, authorities have been tight-lipped about what they are examining and why.
In February, Michigan suspended the mortuary license of Arthur Rathburn, alleging that he embalmed bodies at a Detroit address that doesn’t have a funeral home license. The move came after FBI agents in hazmat suits searched the site in December.
Phone numbers for Rathburn and his business, International Biological, were disconnected.
The FBI and the Arizona attorney general’s office raided Biological Resource Center in January, owner Steve Gore says in a letter on the front page of the firm’s website. The company accepts donations of dead bodies and links tissues with researchers and educators, according to its website.