AN investigation has been launched to see if an animal crematorium has been used to dispose of human remains at the University of Murcia (UMU) in Spain.
The Guardia Civil’s Seprona branch is said to be gathering information on the “irregular” use of the incinerator on the UMU’s Espinardo Campus.
Sources at the university said they were totally unaware of a Guardia Civil investigation, but has opened an ‘informative file’ and all information is being gathered. The Veterinary and Medical departments are being interviewed to see if any more light can be thrown on the matter.
Speaking to the Spanish press, vice-rector Francisco Javier Martínez said: “We did not know that the Seprona agents had opened an investigation, as they have not contacted the rectorate, nor, as far as we know, the deans, nor do we know how the proceedings are going.”
He made it clear that if its own investigations found that human remains find human remains have been disposed of in such a way then strict action will be taken as it would be “incompatible with our code of ethics and our way of working.”
He added that human remains used in medical research “must go to an authorised crematorium,” before saying the investigation may be a long and thorough process to ensure all the facts are known.