human remains are abandoned in dirty shed Maceio IML (AL)

The material is thrown into the shed, located in a wasteland inhabited by a bunch of cats, since at least 2013.
05/07/2016 10h27 - Updated 5/07/2016 10h27
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Maceio (AL) – On the dirty floor of a small shed with tiled walls, amid a pile of dry leaves, the Maceió IML left entire human bones, some of them with identification.

UMBERS (upper bones of the arms), fêmures (the thighs), pieces of ribs and at least two skulls are scattered around the site, off for about three years.

There are human material on balconies of space, although covered, It has walls castings, it was used for the analysis of putrefying bodies, which gave off a strong odor.

Part of the bones is still in bags made to carry corpses. One of the bones brings a numbered red label, do Neac (Center for Statistics and Analysis Criminal), the Social Defense Secretariat of Alagoas.

Folha found the bones two weeks ago, to visit the old Institute of Forensic Medicine of the capital of Alagoas. It was one of those rooms that, in 23 June 1996, PC Farias bodies and girlfriend, Suzana Marcolino, They were examined.

The material is thrown into the shed, located in a wasteland inhabited by a bunch of cats, since at least 2013. That year, IML began operating in enclosed premises and turned the old, belonging to Ufal (Federal University of Alagoas), leaving behind the bones. The building is listed.

According to the coroner Fernando Marcelo de Paula, director of IML since last year, the State can not remove the bones without first photograph them and classify them.

For this, You need to pay overtime to coroners, but there is no money for the service, says director. The doctor says that is trying an agreement with Ufal, which has links with two examiners of IML, to cover costs. According to him, there is a little room locked in the grounds with more bones.


The Maceio IML has a history of problems. In 2012, coroners went on strike for 15 days. The Alagoas Regional Medical Council pointed “subhuman and degrading conditions” work after inspection on site.

The lack of water was common in building. Flies swarmed on the walls, and buzzards flying over the ground. During the stoppage, bodies were thrown to the ground. Some eventually transferred to the IML in Arapiraca, but has 130 km from Maceio. At least 184 They were buried without death certificate. A year after the strike, the court ruled that the dead buried without documentation were exhumed.

Still in 2013, a new building for the institute began to be erected, but construction problems encareceram the work, which delayed delivery. Completion is scheduled for next year.


According to the director of the institute, human bones in abandoned building off the IML should be taken in the coming days.

According to him, the institute has 16 examiners (the necessary, according to him, would double). “We have to photograph and classify responsibly bones. We can not get them anyway”, says.

The doctor also said that Maceio has an ossuary to store the remains of unidentified bodies and burials of indigents are made, today, in capital, a rotation of six cemeteries, for lack of space.

The Ufal, owner of the buildings, It said in a statement that the responsibility for the material is the IML and, still in 2014, the director of the Institute of Biological and Health Sciences, Iracilda teacher Maria de Moura, He inspected the facilities and identified “exposure of human remains”.

At the time, the university notified the IML to do something, according to the advice of the institution. Nothing, however, It was made and the material kept in place.

The university said its vice-chancellor, José Vieira, He sent on Wednesday (22), the day before to be sought by the report, an official letter requesting “the return of the building and requiring the removal of damaged equipment and the proper disposal of bones”.

Source: Folha de S.Paulo

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