According to a federal indictment, Cedric Lodge, the morgue manager at Harvard Medical School, is accused of stealing heads, brains, skin, bones, and other body parts from donated bodies and selling them.
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The morgue manager at Harvard Medical School allegedly stole heads, brains, skin and other body parts and sold them, according to a federal indictment filed on Wednesday.
Cedric Lodge is said to have stolen the remains from cadavers donated to the prestigious university for scientific research and education.
The filing states that Lodge took the dissected body parts to his home in Goffstown New Hampshire, where he and his wife Denise sold them on as part of a national network of human remains traffickers.
Some of the remains were even shipped through the United States Postal Service.
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U.S. Attorney’s Office believes Lodge to have engaged in the unlawful trafficking of human remains between 2018 through to August 16, 2022 while working in the morgue as part of the university’s Anatomical Gift Program.
Lodge had worked at Harvard since 1995 until the Medical School terminated his employment on May 6 this year.
The school is now working with federal authorities to determine which donors may have been affected and have set up a hotline for donors’ families to access information and support.
Harvard insist that no other employees at the school are facing charges or are suspected of any wrongdoing.
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