(ABC) – An Arizona man was distraught to learn that his mother's body was sold to the United States military for "blast testing," which involved strapping it to a chair before an explosive device was detonated underneath, an investigation revealed.
It's been more than five years since Jim Stauffer's mother died in hospice care. Seventy-three-year-old Doris Stauffer suffered from Alzheimer's disease during the last years of her life, but doctors say she didn't have the gene for it.
Doctors worried the disease may have mutated, and hoped to study her brain after her passing to find out more. When the time came though, her neurologist couldn't accept the body.
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Her son hoped reaching out to other donation facilities could lead to the same result -- but that was not the case.
The Stauffers are one of a dozen families who still do not know what happened to bodies of the loved ones they donated to Biological Resource Center in Maricopa County, Arizona.