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Police find remains of 5 people, stolen from cemetery, inside priest’s home

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Amador Medina

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man was arrested after police found the skeletal remains of five people inside his apartment, according to FOX25.

Authorities believe the remains were taken from graves in Worcester, Mass., and that the suspect had planned to use them for religious purposes.

The homeowner, Amador Medina, admitted to storing the bodies inside his home and even showed police where they were located. Inside the home, police found the remains of three adults and two children.

Investigators later determined that the remains found inside Medina’s home were connected to an incident on Oct. 9 in which someone broke into a mausoleum at Hope Cemetery. Several of the crypts had been forced open and the skeletal remains were removed.

Medina, 32, was charged with being a fugitive of justice in Massachusetts, five counts of disinterment of bodies, conspiracy to commit a crime and accessory before the fact.

Police described Medina as a self-proclaimed Santeria priest who planned to use the bodies for religious purposes. The Caribbean religion Medina practices usually uses animal remains for medicinal purposes.

According to FOX25, investigators attempted to contact the family members of those who were disinterred, but they were unsuccessful.