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Yesterday two Westerners who tried to send three mail boxes containing human baby body parts to the USA told the police that parts were purchased from a night market at the Memorial Bridge before leaving for Cambodia.
Ryan Edward McPherson and Daniel Jamon Tanner, told police they wanted to surprise their friends back home by sending them the parcels that were labeled as children’s toys.
Today an arrest warrant will be issued against an American Edward McPherson for trying to courier the human parts, he will face charges of theft, possessing stolen items and falsely declaring the types of items being posted.
Reports suggest that the man was captured on surveillance cameras entering the medical museum at the Siriraj Hospital before the body parts were reported missing. Dr Udom Kachintorn, the dean of the Siriraj Hospital’s faculty of medicine reported that five body parts had gone missing from the museum inside the Adulyadej Wikrom Building after Ryan Edward McPherson was seen going into the building. It is unclear at this point whether the man carried the parts out himself in his backpack or bribed the museum staff to remove them from the building.
Two of the body parts were taken from the Division of Anatomical Science, the other three were taken from the Forensic Science Division.
Siriraj Hospital filed a complaint with Bangkok Noi police yesterday and museum custodians were interviewed about the surveillance footage and the case of the missing parts.
Police said policies on visitors to this museum and other medical displays under Siriraj Hospital would have to be stricter.
Separately, senior investigators met yesterday at the Bang Phongphang Police Station to discuss the case, and at a press conference later, investigator Pol Lt-Colonel Jaturong Thongphanlertsakul announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation was being asked to help in terms of the intended recipients.
The police said that if convicted, McPherson and Tanner could face up to seven years in prison or a fine of up to 500,000 Thai baht ($15,200).