Man accused of stealing human remains held on $100,000 bail

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with stealing the skeletal remains of five bodies from a Massachusetts mausoleum has been ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Amador Medina was arrested Friday after the remains were found in his apartment in Hartford, Connecticut. Police said Medina told them he is a Santeria priest and wanted the bones for religious and healing ceremonies.

Not guilty pleas were entered for the 32-year-old Medina during his arraignment Tuesday in Central District Court on five counts of disinterment of a body.

The remains were reported missing in October from Hope Cemetery in Worcester.

Santeria mixes Roman Catholicism with a traditional African faith. Scholars say it was imported to Cuba through slaves brought from the Nigeria's Yoruba tribe. It is now widely practiced in the Caribbean.

Medina's public defender did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Features stories

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast