Dr. Berkland was arrested on September 7, 2012 and charged with improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license.Gruesome discovery in Florida expert's storage unit
By Lee Williams
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Dr. Michael Berkland, a forensic pathologist who has been critical of the investigation into the death of 22-year-old Sheena Morris at a Bradenton Beach hotel, has been accused of crudely preserving human brains, hearts and lungs in soda cups and plastic food containers found inside a storage unit in Pensacola.
Berkland has not been charged with any crime.
A man bought the contents of a storage unit at auction last week in Pensacola and made the gruesome discovery after being overpowered by a strange smell while sifting through furniture and boxes.
Investigators found formaldehyde, a chemical used to embalm and preserve bodies, leaking from a 32-ounce drink cup with a cracked lid that was holding a heart, said Jeff Martin, director of the District 1 Medical Examiner's Office in Pensacola.
Jeff Martin, director of the medical examiners office, said about 10 families have been notified that their relatives remains were in the unit.