DETROIT – Federal prosecutors are seeking a court order to cremate hundreds of remains that were discovered in a Detroit lab in 2013 during an examination of a body parts broker.
The remnants of the government in custody during the investigation, the trial and conviction of Arthur Rathburn. They were seized during a raid nearly five years ago, but were not used as evidence.
In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said they now want to cremate them and return them to their families.
Rathburn was convicted for the provision of a number of parts of the body for medical training and without that they were infected with hepatitis or HIV. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
The government said Rathburn obtained bodies of groups that are accepted for investigation.