Police: Man says he took human remains for religious reasons

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man accused of stealing skeletal remains from a Massachusetts cemetery told them he took the bones for religious reasons.

Hartford police say they recovered the remains of five bodies after going to the home of 32-year-old Amador Medina on Friday. Investigators believe the remains were taken from Hope Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Medina was taken into custody and charged as a fugitive from justice from Massachusetts. The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester reports Medina is also charged with disinterment of bodies.

Investigators say Medina told them he practices Santeria and wanted the bones for religious ceremonies and healing.

It wasn’t immediately known if Medina had an attorney. A phone listing for him could not immediately be located Sunday.

Medina is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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