Bag of 54 severed human hands found in Russian Federation

by Abel Hampton March 10, 2018, 0:31
Bag of 54 severed human hands found in Russian Federation

Police were called and a search uncovered a bag containing 56 hands, some of them missing fingers.

A fisherman made such an unfortunate discovery yesterday (March 8, 2018), while walking along the Amur River in Khabarovsk, Russia.

Police have fingerprints from one hand and the others are being checked.

"The biological objects (hands) found are not of a criminal origin but were disposed of in a manner not provided for by law", the committee wrote. The Siberian Times reports that there is a little-used practice of severing hands off unidentified corpses as a way of retaining the person's fingerprints once their body has been buried.

And for anyone who has watched as much CSI: Miami as we have, you'll be intrigued to know fingerprints have been retrieved from one of the hands so far.

"Based on the audit results, a legal assessment will be made of the actions of the officials of the forensic medical institution in Khabarovsk responsible for the disposal of (the hands)", said the committee.

According to local media reports in Siberia, medical bandages and hospital-style plastic shoe covers were found next to the bag.

'I wonder if this amputation has a objective to prevent identification of the dead bodies when they are found... it would be unusual to find 26-28 dead bodies without hands.

Local news reports said the discovery pointed to a common practice among morgues and medical examiners in Russian Federation: cutting off corpses' hands for storage and future identification.

'I wonder if this amputation has a objective to prevent identification of the dead bodies when they are found... it would be odd to find 26-28 dead bodies without hands.


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