Disturbing news out of Chicago says that 17 severed human heads have been found at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The heads still had skin on them and were wrapped in plastic. However, foul play is not expected: Sources say the heads may have been sent from Italy for science purposes.

MyFoxChicago.com explains:

Sources tell FOX 32 News that they came from Italy, and may have been sent to be used for some kind of scientific research or a medical experiment.

Authorities said no foul play was suspected. U.S. Customs and Border Protection were investigating but declined to comment Monday night.

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Update:

The Associated Press reports the heads were, in fact, on there way from Italy and were set to be cremated but a paperwork problem caused a hold up:

A shipment of 18 human heads held up by customs officials at O’Hare International Airport was bound for a cremation service in the Chicago area after its use in medical research abroad.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mary Paleologos (PEHL’-ee-oh-loh-gohs), said Tuesday that the heads were originally sent from Illinois to Italy for medical research and were returned to the area for disposal as part of the agreement.

She says a paperwork problem held up the shipment, which arrived at O’Hare in mid-December.