Police: Pennsylvania man tried to buy stolen human body

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with embezzlement, receiving stolen property and other charges after allegedly trying to buy stolen human remains from an Arkansas woman to resell on Facebook.

A spokeswoman for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock confirmed the remains will be donated to UAMS. UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said the body was stolen and sold by a female mortuary employee at Arkansas Central Mortuary in Little Rock, adding that there is an open federal investigation.

“We have a lot of respect for those who donate their organs, and we’re shocked that something like this could happen,” Taylor said.

A representative for the mortuary hung up on a reporter who reached out for comment Thursday.

FBI Little Rock spokesman Connor Hagan said the office is aware of the Pennsylvania incident “but does not comment on ongoing investigations.” No charges had been filed against the Arkansas woman as of Thursday.

Police in East Pennsboro, Pennsylvania announced that Jeremy Lee Pauley, 40, of Enola, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged. Pauley was arrested on July 22 and had his first court appearance on Thursday.

Calls to an attorney representing Paul were not returned late Thursday. Pauley was released on $50,000 bond.

On his Facebook page, Pauly posted pictures of bags and piles of female genitalia, one of which he “picked up a lot of medical bones to identify.” The Facebook page he uses to market his parts is called “The Grand Wunderkammer.” “” Rare and unusual vendors, museum exhibits, guest lectures, live entertainment and more! Strange, curious and unique in every possible way!” and provides a link to his website.

“I think I’ve seen it all, and something like this comes up,” said Sean McCormack, the district attorney for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where Paul was charged. “The question we have to answer is whether the sale of organs or bones is illegal… or legal? Some of them, to our surprise, were legitimate. And as the investigation continued, it became clear that illegal activity was also taking place.

Pauley, who describes himself as a collector of what he calls “interesting things,” including human remains, said the remains were found when he was legally contacted by police, according to a police statement. The complete skeletons they determined were legally obtained.

However, after a second tip about new remains in Polly’s home, detectives returned to the home to find more recent purchases. Police found three five-gallon buckets containing various body parts — including those of children — and federal and state law enforcement agents brought packages containing body parts from an Arkansas woman to Pauley.

Pauley told investigators he intended to resell the organs. Investigators say Pauley arranged for the Arkansas woman to pay $4,000 for the organs via Facebook Messenger.

Facebook did not respond to messages seeking comment on Powley’s pages. However, the Community Standards prohibit human exploitation and expressly prohibit the sale of organs through its commercial policies and advertising policies.

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Associated Press writer Cantele Franco of Columbus, Ohio contributed to this report.

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