Police are investigating why jars of human remains were stored in the garage of home once owned by a doctor even though he sold the house years ago? And why are they now missing? Caledonia Police are investigating the case.
Caledonia Police are baffled as to why several jars of human remains, which were found a last week, are now missing from a vacant home located at 5000 Three Mile Road.
Police responded to a call about an open garage at 12:55 a.m. June 9 where the remains had reportedly been found. A young couple had gone to the vacant home, which is owned by Ruud Lighting founder Alan Ruud, after a friend told them she had seen the remains after she visited the house while she was taking pictures for her job.
Makayla Harrell and her boyfriend, Darin Renaud, discovered three jars—one containing half of a human brain, one with two eyeballs that had been cut open, and one with some other type of unidentifiable organ, what they thought was a dead dog in a nearby shed and two vehicles that hadn’t been moved in quite sometime that were in a second garage.
“They (the human remains) looked like they had been there for very long time,” Harrell said. “There were bugs all over it, there were spider webs all around it, the fluid in the jar was discolored and it was evaporating.”
Harrell and Renaud had seen the jars from the window of the garage and had gone inside the garage on Thursday, June 7. Harrell said she called her dad, who is a police officer for another municipality, and he told her to call the police.
“I thought, ‘That’s not right, I think something is going on here – maybe if it was one thing, but it wasn’t – we found a dead animal, the cars, and the jars of human remains,’” Harrell said. “If there was something of value to them like from medical school, you don’t just leave them behind unless you don’t want anyone to find that kind of stuff.”
Police found a Chevrolet Suburban with Florida plates and a Ford F150 with Illinois plates that hadn’t been moved in quite some time.
A neighbor, Larry Wunderle, who lives at 4908 Three Mile Road, said Ruud has never lived in the home, and he purchased it several years ago from a doctor who was a pathologist. The name of that doctor is being withheld because the case is still under investigation and no charges have been issued.
Calls were made to Ruud, but they have not been returned.
“He (Al Ruud) owns the house next to mine, but he’s never lived in the house. He bought it from (the doctor) and that was the stuff from his medical school days,” Wunderle said.
Tom Terry, the medical examiner, told police that the doctor lived near the area, and that the doctor likely obtained the remains. Terry also thought that the doctor had retired to Florida, and that he had worked as a pathologist in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Sgt. Brian Wall said they are still investigating the case.
“We’re assuming that they are (the doctor’s), but we haven’t confirmed that,” he said.
Wall also said they are also checking into the law regarding possessing human remains.
What’s odd though is that when the police went to investigate on Saturday, they checked the property, they found the vehicles and what was really a possum carcass. But the jars of human remains were missing.
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