PORT HURON, Mich. – Officials are trying to track down the origins of a mummified human skeleton that a Michigan woman tried to sell on eBay.
The St. Clair County medical examiner’s office confiscated the mummified remains Tuesday from the home of Lynn Sterling.
Sterling, 45, told police she got the remains from a friend who works in demolition and said he found them in a Detroit school he helped tear down nearly 30 years ago, police said. She said she had contacted an attorney before posting the remains for sale.
“It’s an anatomical, medical-use skeleton,” Sterling told The Times Herald of Port Huron. “I would never have put it on (eBay) if I thought it was anything other than an anatomical, medical thing.”
Sterling likely won’t face charges, Port Huron Police Capt. Don Porrett said, though officials said the remains will be sent to an anthropologist at Michigan State University for further examination.