Human Remains Found at Florida Home of Former College Professor: Police

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Police say they found human
remains inside a Central Florida home that belonged to a retired college research
professor with some of the items dating back nearly half a century.

NBC affiliate WTLV-TV reports that officers were at the home in Gainesville this week after an inspector doing a repair estimate found at least six jars in a crawl space containing items such as tongues and thyroid tissues.

Police say the items were
gathered by Dr. Ronald Baughman, who worked as a forensic odontological expert
in the University of Florida’ College of Dentistry.

Baughman told the station he
had planned to do research on thyroid problems and gathered the samples from
various other states before arriving in Florida.

“In the modern-day, these
specimens are heavily regulated…back in the ’60s and ’70s those protocols
probably were not as strict,” Gainesville Police spokesperson Jorge Campos
said.

Baughman said he forgot about
the items when he moved out. His ex-wife still owns the home and told police
about his career when the investigation began.

Officials from the Medical
Examiner’s office will verify the ages of the items, but Campos said it does
not appear at the moment that any criminal charges will be filed.


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