UPDATE: 100-Plus Year Old Body Parts Found in Garage Belonged To Doctor

Police are investigating why jars of human remains were stored in the garage of home once owned by a doctor even though he sold the house years ago? And why are they now missing? Caledonia Police are investigating the case.

This version of the story was updated to include the doctor's name and his explanation as to why he had the remains.

Caledonia Police are baffled as to why several jars of human remains, which were found last week, are now missing from a vacant home located on Three Mile Road west of Douglas Avenue.

Lt. Gary Larsen said he spoke with Dr. Grant Shumaker, who previously owned the house the remains were found in, and the items were indeed his. Shumaker got them in 1990 while he was a student at the Yale School of Medicine and he had kept them until he moved in 2006. He now lives in South Dakota and works as neurosurgeon, according to our media partners at Fox 6.

He thought the movers had packed the human remains and assumed they had been stolen or lost. Shumaker told police that the remains have a historical value since a prominent doctor stored them in 1901.

At this time, officials with the Caledonia Police are more interested in getting the remains back than pursuing criminal charges. Especially since they were stored in formaldehyde, which poses a health risk if someone comes into contact with it.

Police responded to a call about an open garage where the remains had reportedly been found at 12:55 a.m. June 9. A young couple had gone to the vacant home, which is owned by Ruud Lighting founder Alan Ruud, after a friend had told them she had seen the remains.

Makayla Harrell and her boyfriend, Darin Renaud, discovered three jars—one containing half of a human brain, one with two eyeballs that had been cut open, and one with some other type of unidentifiable organ. They also found what they thought was a dead dog in a nearby shed, but it turned out to be a possum, and two vehicles in a second garage. The vehicles appeared to have been in storage for a while.

“They (the human remains) looked like they had been there for a very long time,” Harrell said. “There were bugs all over it, there were spider webs all around it, the fluid in the jar was discolored and it was evaporating.”

Harrell and Renaud had seen the jars from the window of the garage and had gone inside the garage on Thursday, June 7. Harrell said she called her dad, who is a police officer for another municipality, and he told her to call the police.

“I thought, that’s not right, I think something is going on here – maybe if it was one thing, but it wasn’t. We found a dead animal, the cars, and the jars of human remains,’” Harrell said. “If there was something of value to them like from medical school, you don’t just leave them behind unless you don’t want anyone to find that kind of stuff.”

Police found a Chevrolet Suburban with Florida plates and a Ford F150 with Illinois plates that hadn’t been moved in quite some time.

A neighbor, Larry Wunderle, who lives at 4908 Three Mile Road, said Ruud has never lived in the home, and he purchased it several years ago from Shumaker.

Calls were made to Ruud, but they have not been returned.

“He (Al Ruud) owns the house next to mine, but he’s never lived in the house. He bought it from Shumaker and that was the stuff from his medical school days,” Wunderle said.

Our media partners at Fox 6 learned that Ruud was not going to pursue trespassing charges against Harrell and Renaud.

Jesse Booker June 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Jesse Booker June 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=5000+3+mile+rd+racine,+wi&hl=en&ll=42.778163,-87.843603&spn=0.000756,0.001321&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=37.735377,86.572266&hnear=5000+3+Mile+Rd,+Racine,+Wisconsin+53406&t=h&z=20 <--------- the house
Tuts June 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Can we address how terribly written this article is? I've never seen so many errors in an article in my life. All that aside it seems blown out of proportion to me.
GearHead June 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I put this up for a vote as the most bizzare story in a long time. Results are in: The ayes have it! ;-)
Jameson Sinclair June 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree this is blown out of proportion. The guy was a pathologist for heaven's sake. Believe it or not, that's what pathologists do for a living. I've been in this house a couple times before Ruud bought it. I think he's been trying to sell it ever since he bought it. It's a beautiful piece of property but the huge house is a tear down. Would cost more to renovate the house than to build a new one.
Denise Lockwood June 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Tuts... admittedly, not my best writing. But I went back and fixed the errors. I was trying to do way too much last night. Please know that I get this information from the police reports and generally follow the tone of their reports. This is obviously still under investigation and I'll be following up on it.
Becky June 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Becky June 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I mean I'm not trying to be rude Tuts. And just gosh people worry about the bigger problems here
Adam June 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Turned out to be a dead possum....and I got human remains in bio labs at College. Hes a pathologist so what?
Jameson Sinclair June 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Actually he wasn't a pathologist. He was a neurosurgeon which would explain the brain and eyeballs likely from his medical training days.
mau June 13, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I thought human remains were supposed to be treated with respect. I would be very upset to find out that a family member donated their remains and they ended up in someone's garage. To top it off, abandoned and in that condition.
James R Hoffa June 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
So that's where my remains ended up!
mau June 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
You must have read the article wrong. These were in glass jars, not encased in cement :)
Stormy Weather June 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Are the photos really necessary?
Jesse Booker June 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
So his name was removed from the comments? His step daughter says "Yes he got them in med school when my husband and his buddies packed the garage they forgot the box! My parents didn't realize they were missing they thought they had them in their storage this whole time until I got this!!! They are rightfully "His" but now someone has stole them!!"
Emily "Shumaker" Harrington June 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Thank Jesse! The article is horribly written! Facts Grant is a Neurosurgeon, he did not practice in the 70's and 80's he is currently practicing. I am his step daughter, we would like the articles returned if anyone knows where they might be or who might have them. Sorry it freaked everyone out.
Emily "Shumaker" Harrington June 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM
They also do not belong to Lt. Gary Larsen. They belong to Doctor Grant Shumaker M.D.
Denise Lockwood June 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Tom Terry, the medical examiner told the police that he thought Shumaker was a pathologist in the 1970s/1980s. I left Dr. Shumaker and Mr. Ruud messages to call me. If you'd like to discuss this article, please call me at (262) 664-3850.
James R Hoffa June 14, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Thanks mau - I stand corrected ;-)
James R Hoffa June 14, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Hi Denise! Cool pictures!
BJJ June 14, 2012 at 05:32 AM
So...my comment giving the name was deleted, but the address remained in the article? I see the name has been posted in other comments, including a post from a family member of the owner so, no need to repeat my original comment here, and I'm glad the family was able to get information on their property. My point, though, was to question who writes an article specifically stating the name was being withheld, and then giving the exact address so anyone can find out exactly who it was? There are certainly ways to more vaguely describe the location of the property that actually would have protected the identity of the owner. The reason I'm going on about this and not about the fact that human remains were found is that knowing that the owner was a medical professional, that is a valid explanation for the remains to be there. That being the case, it seems pretty unlikely that there is a nefarious reason behind it. However, I do think it is wrong for a "journalist" to only pretend to protect the identity of the owner, while giving more than enough information to know who it was. It might as well have been put on a billboard.
AlyssaC.LovesWI262 June 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I got really scared when I saw this. It wasn't like anyone got ......... ??? Whew!!! it was just a doctor's house right.
AlyssaC.LovesWI262 June 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I got really scared when I first saw this. It wasn't like anyone got .........? Whew!!! it was just a doctor's house, right?
Jesse Booker June 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Denise Lockwood June 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Fixed... thanks


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