US man charged over organs found in storage unit

Last Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:40

Pensacola: A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle.

Dr Michael Berkland was arrested yesterday on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license.

He was released on USD 10,000 bail.

Berkland`s attorney says he`ll start preparing his defense next week.

More than 100 crudely preserved brains, hearts and lungs were discovered in a Pensacola storage unit last month.

Authorities say the organs were kept in soda cups and plastic food containers.

The medical examiner`s office in Pensacola says about 10 families have been notified that their relatives` remains were in the unit.

Berkland worked there from 1997 to 2003.

PTI




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