Man ‘dumped five human heads and limbs’ in remote forest on Boxing Day

A businessman has been accused of driving 1,400 miles to dump human body parts in a forest.

Walter Mitchell, 59, had recently closed his company that stored corpses for medical research in Seattle, before limbs and skulls were found littered across two remote areas in Arizona, US.

Mitchell was arrested on Tuesday in Scottsdale by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, who have charged him with dumping human remains in a forest outside Prescott.

Investigators were able to trace the body parts to the suspect's former company, Future GenX, which was involved in managing cadavers for use in research projects, azcentral reports.

The Sheriff's Office allege Mitchell drove from Seattle with five bodies in a journey that would have taken him around 22 hours.

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The Office added that Mitchell drove through the Prescott area and then continued on to Scottsdale where he was stopped by police.

The incident started with the discovery of 19 human limbs on December 26, in a remote forest area northwest of Prescott where deputies searched the next day and recovered five more limbs there.

A hunter reported finding two human heads in another area of the forest where deputies later found another three.

Investigators determined based on materials found at both sites, including gauzes called "puppy pads," that the two sets of remains were linked and likely connected to the same suspect.

Mitchell was booked into jail on 28 counts of improperly moving human remains, a Class 5 felony.

The Sheriff's Office said it did not yet have a motive for Mitchell's actions.

In a statement, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher, said: "This situation is unimaginable and I am so sorry for the families whose loved ones were donated to research and treated in such a horrific fashion."

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