Police Found Gallon-Sized Jars of Human Remains in Florida
Mon, April 19, 2021

Police Found Gallon-Sized Jars of Human Remains in Florida

 

Last week, a woman in Florida contacted an inspector to get a proper assessment of her house located at Gainesville’s Brywood neighborhood because she wanted to renovate parts of it. When the inspectors arrived, they didn’t expect that they would find jars of preserved human remains in the crawlspace under the floorboards.

 

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The jars belonged to the woman’s ex-husband, Dr. Ronald Baughman, a researcher and professor from the University of Florida. In a Reddit post, the inspector described his discovery of at least six gallon-sized jars of body parts floating in formaldehyde. He first noticed that something was odd with the jars because they had a single name on each such as Angela, Heather, Virginia, and more. He also discovered the body of a dead infant. 

“I went back and found that one jar was rusted through the top. Inside I saw a plastic bag and immediately what looked like small bones. I removed the bag and almost immediately realized it was actually a small infant child,” he wrote.  

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the investigations showed that the contents of the jars were part of Dr. Baughman’s studies on thyroid conditions. Some of his studies during the 1970s and 1980s included research on oral cell carcinoma in the tongues of identical twins. When asked why he stored the specimens under the floorboards, he said he had to keep the remains in cool conditions. 

 

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Dr. Baughman also confessed that the human remains originated from different facilities such as Virginia, Illinois, and Indiana. He explained that he simply forgot the remains under his house after he divorced his wife and moved out in 1992. Jorge Campos of the Gainesville Police Department saw “no indication that they [Dr. Baughman] was trying to hide anything…or be deceptive.” Thus, he believes that there was no foul play here.

 

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