Thailand police seek Americans over baby parts posted to US
November 17, 2014 5:55 pm
Thai police say they are seeking two US citizens over the suspected theft of body parts – including a baby’s head and an adult’s heart – from a hospital.
The men were questioned on Saturday after staff at a DHL depot in Bangkok discovered three parcels containing the human remains, bound for the US.
The men were freed after saying they had bought the items at a market to give to friends as a joke.
The Americans are now believed to have travelled to neighbouring Cambodia.
Police said that staff at a DHL depot in Bangkok were doing a routine check on several parcels labelled as toys when they made the discovery.
Deputy national police chief Ruangsak Jaritake told reporters the authorities had received information indicating that the body parts had been “stolen from one of the big hospitals” in Bangkok’s Thonburi neighbourhood.
“It is a famous hospital,” he said. “But we are still looking for clearer evidence.”
Police named one of the Americans as a controversial video maker, Ryan McPherson.
The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says he became notorious for making violent exploitative videos a decade ago about homeless men, and was questioned by police then.