A man currently at Cumberland County Prison in connection with a rash of burglaries in the Midstate now faces new charges after a human brain was found at a home in Penn Township.
On Thursday, Joshua Lee Long, 26, of Carlisle, was charged with misdemeanor abuse of a corpse and conspiracy to commit abuse of a corpse after a human brain was found in a Wal-Mart shopping bag under the porch of Robbie Lee Zoller, a home that Long was known to frequent, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said a relative of Long’s found the brain and contacted him in prison to ask about it. Long told the woman that it was a human brain and that he and Zoller used the formaldehyde to smoke “wet” marijuana, according to the affidavit.
Long later confirmed the story to police and said that he and Zoller had named the brain “Freddy,” the affidavit stated.
On June 21, police seized the brain and transported it to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall, who later said a forensic pathologist determined it was a real human brain, police said.
Police said it was believed the brain was a stolen teaching specimen.
Long is currently in Cumberland County Prison being held in lieu of $100,000 bail for his role in a rash of burglaries in Cumberland and Perry counties.
Zoller is also wanted in connection to the burglaries.