Box filled with human HEADS destined for medical research is stolen from truck in Denver


Box filled with human HEADS destined for medical research is stolen from truck in Denver

  • A box filled with human heads destined for medical research was stolen from a truck used to transport body parts in Denver
  • Police are currently on the lookout for both the thief and the human heads, with no arrests made as of Saturday
  • The truck was parked along 23rd Avenue around 11 am on Thursday morning when someone broke into a truck and took a dolly and a box of human remains 
  • Authorities were unable to release any more information regarding the stolen appendages, but did confirm that an investigation into the crime is ongoing 
  • Neighbors in the area are left wondering whether the thief was targeting the human heads or if he grabbed the first item he saw, locals told Fox21 News 


A box filled with human heads destined for medical research was stolen from a truck used to transport body parts in Denver, and police are currently on the lookout for both the thief and the grisly stolen items. 

The truck was parked along 23rd Avenue in the city’s Central Park neighborhood around 11 am on Thursday morning when someone broke into the truck and took a dolly and a box of human remains, Fox21 News reported.

The human heads were in a blue and white cardboard box, about 20 x 15 x 18 inches in size, with the label ‘Science Care’ scrawled across the sides of it, referring to a body and body part donation program used to to help improve scientific research and education. 

Authorities said the human heads were en route to be used for medical research. It is unclear if the thief realized what they were stealing, and whether officials will still be able to use the heads if they’re recovered, but haven’t been kept refridgerated. 

The heads were stolen from a van parked at this intersection in Denver

The heads were stolen from a van parked at this intersection in Denver 

Local resident Isaac Fields, who moved to the typically-safe and residential neighborhood about three years ago, told the news outlet that takes his dog, Margot, to the dog park where the human heads were stolen nearly every day. 

‘Pretty shocking. I guess I don’t see too many strange things happening around here usually, but you know you never know,’ said Fields.  

‘Wow! I would have been so terrified.’

‘Well, my wife actually does Ph.D. research at the University of Colorado Anschutz,’ Fields added. 

Science Care was in custody of the heads, and which were destined for medical research

Science Care was in custody of the heads, and which were destined for medical research 

‘So cadavers are definitely utilized in certain situations. And I’m assuming that was probably the case.’ 

Authorities were unable to release any more information regarding the stolen appendages, but did confirm that an investigation into the bizarre crime is still active and ongoing. 

Meanwhile, neighbors in the area are left wondering whether the thief in question was targeting the human heads or simply grabbed the first item he saw, locals told Fox21 News. 

No arrests have been made as of Saturday, according to authorities.

Science Care, which advertises its body donation services online, did not immediately return a request for comment.

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