Bones found in Calif. backyard were bought on eBay

The eBay terms of service prohibit the selling of human body parts, but a Pasadena woman was able to buy them to use in a religious altar.

Human bones that police found in a southern California backyard while investigating another matter were purchased on eBay, ABC News reports.

Officers in Pasadena responded Sunday to a woman's report of a trespasser and found "a makeshift altar that included some bones" behind her home, Pasadena Police Lt. Terysa Rojas said.

A coroner determined that the bones were human, according to Rojas. There were also animal heads, burned incense and candles. Investigators believe the altar was connected to Santeria, a West African and Caribbean religion.

Further investigation revealed that the woman had bought the bones through eBay.

The terms of service for eBay prohibit the selling of "humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products." Rojas said determining how the bones were listed and sold is "part of our investigation."

The woman, who reportedly cooperated with police, won't face any criminal charges because the bones were used for a religious purpose.

Earlier: Video: Couple unearths human skull in backyard


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