Man Storing Human Remains Stole Them For 'Religious Purposes': Cops

Police say they recovered the remains of five humans at the Conn. home of 32-year-old Amador Medina on Friday.

Police in Connecticut say they've recovered the remains of five humans in the home of a Hartford man who they believe stole them from a Massachusetts cemetery. 

What's more, authorities believe Amador Medina was storing the skeletal remains for his religious practices, the AP reports.

Specifically, the cops believe 32-year-old Medina was using the bones as part of healing rituals related to the Caribbean religion of Santeria.

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According to police, the remains were interred between 1904 and the late 1970s at the Hope Cemetery in Worcester, Mass.

Medina was arrested Friday afternoon as a fugitive from justice from Massachusetts. According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a Massachusetts arrest warrant for Medina includes five counts of disinterment of bodies.

A passerby first noticed in October that a mausoleum in the cemetery had been disturbed. Investigators subsequently discovered that a chain securing the mausoleum had been cut.

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The five sets of remains were then found to be missing.

Last week, police were tipped off to what were believed to be human remains stored somewhere in the Hartford apartment building where Medina lives.

Police said Medina cooperated and showed them where the remains were stored.

As of Saturday night, Medina had not yet been handed over to Mass. authorities and it was unclear if he had an attorney. Authorities said the investigation was still ongoing.

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