‘If only there was some signs’: PA man arrested for allegedly buying stolen human remains

When turning away from God in both the public square and in our lives, there’s little thought given to what the resulting consequences are — by design, some would argue. At the same time, while we are advised to not judge a book by its cover, more often than not what you see in folks is in direct proportion to what you get.

Case in point, the appearance of a Pennsylvania man who has been charged with abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and other charges would leave many to expect no less.

Jeremy Lee Pauley, 40, of Enola, Penn., appears to be in the process of turning himself into a reptile, with half his face tatted up to mimic scales, one eye inked black and spikes protruding from his head, along with other means of self mutilation.

Police say Pauley allegedly tried to buy stolen human remains from an Arkansas woman for possible resale on Facebook, according to The Hill.

The remains had been donated to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and were sent to a mortuary for cremation, according to an UAMS spokeswoman.

“UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said the remains were sent to Arkansas Central Mortuary Services in Little Rock where they were allegedly stolen by a female mortuary employee and sold, adding that there is an open federal investigation,” The Hill reported.

“We are very respectful of those who donate their bodies, and we are appalled that such a thing could happen,” Taylor said.

Pauley was arrested on July 22 and has been charged with abuse of corpse, receiving stolen property, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

“An investigation was conducted and determined that a Jeremy Pauley of Enola was purchasing human body parts from a female in Arkansas.  Human remains were located in Enola, Arkansas and Scranton. Those human remains were being sold on Facebook for monetary gain. Pauley was arrested and released on $50,000 dollars unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled before MDJ Sanderson,” the East Pennsboro Township Police Department said.

Sean McCormack, district attorney for Cumberland County, commented on one surprising aspect of the case.

“I think I’ve seen it all, and then something like this comes around,” McCormack said, according to The Hill. “The question we had to answer was is the sale of body parts or bones and remains illegal … or legal? Some of it, to our surprise, was legal. And as the investigation went on, it became clear there was illegal activity going on as well.”

Pauley uses a Facebook page called “The Grand Wunderkammer” to allegedly sell body parts.

The page proclaims: “Vendors of the odd and unusual, museum exhibits, guest lectures, live entertainment, and so much more! Strange, curious, and unique in every way possible!”

“Picked up more medical bones to sort through,”  he wrote in one post.

Another post stated: “12 available femurs. PM to claim. Also one mandible left. First come first serve. *EDIT* ALL SOLD!”

Pauley describes himself as a collector of “oddities,” and told police the remains were acquired legally, according to an affidavit. And while police found what they described as older human remains including full skeletons that they determined were legally obtained, a second trip prompted by a tip about more recent purchases, uncovered three 5-gallon buckets containing assorted body parts — including of children, according to The Hill. Federal and state law enforcement agents also intercepted packages addressed to Pauley from the Arkansas woman, who has yet to be charged, that contained body parts.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:

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