Florida: Body Parts Are Discovered in Storage Unit – New York Times

A former medical examiner preserved human brains, hearts and lungs in soda cups and plastic food containers inside a storage unit in Pensacola, the authorities said. The discovery was made after a man bought the contents of a storage unit at an auction last week. Investigators found formaldehyde leaking from a cup that was holding a heart, said Jeff Martin, the director of the medical examiner’s office in Pensacola. The storage unit had been rented by Dr. Michael Berkland, who had worked at the office from 1997 until he was fired in 2003. No charges have been filed. Mr. Berkland’s lawyer declined to comment.

A version of this brief appeared in print on August 29, 2012, on page A17 of the New York edition with the headline: Florida: Body Parts Are Discovered In Storage Unit.

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