HARTFORD, Conn. — A Hartford man was arrested after police recovered the skeletal remains of five bodies in his home Friday afternoon.
Police said they responded to 245 Preston Street after receiving a report of stored human skeletal remains. A tenant of the apartment was cooperative with police, showing them where the bodies were stored.
Lt. Brian Foley with the Hartford Police Department told the Hartford Courant that at least one of the skeletons was dressed. It is believed to be wearing the garments it was buried in.
The five skeletal remains were stolen from the Hope Cemetery in Worcester, Mass. The Hartford Courant reports that the bodies were buried between 1904 and the late 1970s.
The tenant, identified as 32-year-old Amador Medina, was taken into custody and charged as a fugitive from justice from Massachusetts.
Medina told police he was using the bones in ceremonies for healing for Santeria.
Police have not information about how the remains were stolen and that Worcester police were handling the investigation.
Santeria (The way of the Saints) incorporates elements of several faiths including Catholicism and deities worshiped in West Africa. Some who practice the religion use animal sacrifices.