Human brains, lungs and hearts found in Florida storage unit

According to a recent CNN article entitled: Body parts found in auctioned Florida storage unit, body parts belonging to more that 100 people were found after Pensacola storage unit was auctioned. The parts were stored in formaldehyde inside the unit, in plastic containers, specimen cups, trash bags and even a 32-ounce Styrofoam cup from a convenience store. Some of the containers had cracked and leaked.

George Klages, manager of Uncle Bob’s Storage said that the discovery was reported to police Friday after the purchaser of the unit began going through the items.

According to Capt. David Alexander of the Pensacola Police Department, the unit was rented by Michael Berkland, a former associate medical examiner. However, now the investigators are trying to figure out if a crime was committed.

Berkland worked for the Medical Examiner’s Office between 1997 and May 2003. He was fired to complete autopsy reports in time.

Authorities have made some attempts to reach Berkland but he is no longer licensed in Florida.

Berkland worked as a private pathologist as well. Some families would contact him sometimes for second opinions about autopsy decisions, Alexander said.

Police say the parts could belong to the autopsies Berkland did between 1997 and 2007 at funeral homes in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City. Some of the containers had labels with names and autopsy dates but others did not.

The investigation is still being conducted.