18 Human Heads Found at O'Hare Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents held the shipment which was en route to a research facility.
1:05 | 01/16/13

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They are right is a regular cargo shipment a week before Christmas they were packaged in three sealed containers. As the routine goes with the US customs and who -- international terminal. The containers were X -- and that is when agents discovered eighteen human heads stored in formaldehyde. Because the paperwork was incomplete customs detain the shipment. But after four weeks -- no longer had a proper storage facility so the heads were moved to the Cook County medical Examiner's office. Today they were examined in determined to be for medical research. An employee -- this Schiller park crematorium says. The heads came from a Michigan -- Then sent to Rome for research and back to the US for its final disposal. As soon as US customs signs off on the paperwork. Cremation service think we'll disclose their -- in a written statement US Customs and Border Protection says quote. Shipments of human remains in the US are not without precedent in there is nothing against the law when they percent with the right documentation it's.

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