Gainesville, FLA–Police in Gainesville, Florida are now investigating a case that seems to have spawned out of a horror movie.
While inspecting the foundation of a home once owned by a professor and researcher, authorities discovered various preserved human remains and tongues.
The police discovered at least six jars containing formaldehyde and body parts that were decades old, including tongues that dated back to the 1960s. They were inside of a crawlspace according to WCJB, a local news station.
Each of the jars were labeled with a name and date and held about one gallon of formaldehyde. An ABC affiliate reported on Monday that the jars of human remains belong to Dr. Ronald Baughman, a current professor and former researcher at the University of Florida.
Dr. Baughman has published various studies throughout the years, according to the medical research site, ScienceDirect. He also served as the director of the university’s Maxillofacial Surgery Advanced Training Programs.
Baughman’s ex-wife owns the home, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and she says the scene isn’t quite as dastardly as it might seem. The tongues weren’t trophies; they were supposedly meant for scientific research. The professor studied them for work.
However, Dr. Baughman might want to seek out lawyer advice considering that times have changed. The way he preserved the human remains might not be acceptable by today’s standards. Police chastised the finding, saying that the remains should have been stored at the university, not in the home.
Steve Orlando, a University of Florida spokesperson told reporters,
“I don’t know what the policies and laws would have been like 50 years ago or whenever it was, but I can tell you that today that’s not something that would be permitted. There are very strict federal and state laws as well as university policies that prohibit that. It would be neither appropriate or legal for a faculty member or researcher to bring something like that home.”