Baldwin County woman no doubt buys human fetus and cremated remains in storage unit auction

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – In a disturbing story that spans both sides of Mobile Bay, a Baldwin County woman found cremated human remains and a fetus in a jar after purchasing a storage unit during a visit. Online Auction. It wasn’t until she got the boxes home from Mobile and started looking through them that she discovered something strange.

Rebekah McManus said it was her first time bidding on a storage unit. She purchased the contents of a Mobile storage unit when the owner of the facility offered her a second one when the unit’s high bidder didn’t show up. It was in that unit that several boxes of remains were found.

McManus didn’t know it until she brought everything home from Mobile. Finding the ashes was worrying enough. Then she opened another box.

It wasn't until Rebekah McManus started unboxing out of the archives that she did...
It wasn’t until Rebekah McManus started opening boxes out of storage that she discovered something disturbing.(Rebekah McManus)

“I found a fetus in a jar,” McManus said. “The vial was supposed to be… it wasn’t a specimen vial or anything. I assume it was used for suturing for the autopsy. I’m not sure what happened to that or where they were going with it or why he was there, but I thought it was a heart when I opened it up and raised it initially and it didn’t. must be a heart. I freaked out a little bit.”

McManus said she initially contacted the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. They directed her to call Robertsdale Police to take possession of the fetus.

“It was definitely not something we expected to deal with, or you know… it was hard to believe what we were told and obviously after, what we saw,” said Lt. Paul Overstreet. of Robertsdale Police recalled.

Overstreet said Robertsdale PD has opened an investigation as they would with the discovery of any deceased person, in the hope of ruling out foul play or any criminal element. The remains were taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Mobile.

Meanwhile, McManus has taken on a mission to track down 13 families. The cremated remains were labeled by various third-party crematoriums, giving her a place to start.

“The first couple of families I approached, they… that was misinformation,” McManus said. “Someone thinks someone picked them up and they never did, so they’re happy to get them back and hold them in their hands. Others were really surprised because they weren’t expecting that phone call at all.”

Some of the remains date back several years while others date back almost two decades. McManus provided us with the names and death dates of five people her family is still trying to track down:

• Kendal Jay Brown Cremation Date: 18/01/15

• Irene Foster was cremated: 07/02/93

• Willie Martin JR

• Jimmie Lee Craig: Cremation: 07/09/97

• Melissa Stallworth was cremated: May 1, 94

If you know how to contact any of the families, you will be asked to email Rebekah McManus at and remember to write your loved one’s name in the subject line.

Although the name of the business has not been released, McManus said the storage unit belonging to a funeral service in Mobile is no longer in business.

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