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[UPDATE] Body Parts Found In Pensacola Storage Unit

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 30, 2012

We have now confirmed some body parts found in a storage unit in Pensacola came from a funeral home in Tallahassee.

The public information officer for the pensacola police department just a little while ago confirmed that some of the body parts found in that storage unit did come from a funeral home in Tallahassee as well as Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City.

On the August 24th, authorities in Pensacola found body parts belonging to about 100 people in a storage unit. Organs and tissue samples were found in garbage bags and tupperware containers.
That unit had belonged to a former medical examiner, Doctor Michael Berkland.

The medical examiners office says the remains appear to be from private autopsies that Berkland performed between 1997 and 2007.
No charges have yet been filed against Berkland because authorities are trying to figure out if he actually broke any laws.

Berkland's attorney has not been available for comment.
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Pensacola, Florida- August 29, 2012

Body parts of about one hundred people including a Tallahassee resident were found inside of a storage unit. They were stored inside plastic food containers.

Authorities in Pensacola believe that storage unit belonged to former medical examiner, Dr. Michael Berkland. That unit was auctioned off last week.

The new owners noticed a foul smell and found body parts. Investigators say some containers were labeled as to what town they were from. This isn't the first time Berkland had been in trouble for body parts. He worked for the medical examiners office from 1997 to 2003 before being fired for not completing autopsy reports.They say he then continued to conduct private autopsies.

Says Colleen Nunez-Rodriguez, one Pensacola resident: "I would like to know why did he store them here, instead of you know, storage at a school or nursing facility somewhere?"

Says Elma Peagler, of Pensacola: "That's crazy. It's a quiet, this is a quiet neighborhood."

Berkland denied any wrong doing. No charges have been filed against Berkland in this latest case. Right now investigators are trying to figure out whether he actually broke any laws.


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