Sanford Health sued following discovery of alleged human torso in plastic container

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)

(Fargo, ND) -- Sanford Health is being sued following the discovery of a human torso at a medical waste facility in Fargo. 

The torso was found at Monarch Waste Technologies earlier this year after staff investigated the source of a "rotten and putrid smell", leading them to the torso in a plastic container. Who the body belonged to and how it ended up in the condition it was found has not yet been determined. The lawsuit also alleges that Sanford breached their contract by taking waste from the facility. 

“This lawsuit is the unfortunate result of Monarch’s demonstrated inability to perform waste disposal services it had contractually agreed to perform. HESI (Healthcare Environmental Sciences: Sanford) denies the allegations made by Monarch, will soon be filing claims of its own against Monarch, and otherwise looks forward to defending itself in this case.”

When asked if Monarch Waste Technologies deals with human body parts in any capacity, co-founder David Cardenas said "Absolutely no. It's in our protocols, in our mission statement, everything. We do not take cadavers, bodies of this type, nor do we take fetus remains. It is written in our contract and our protocols over and over."

It's not yet known how much money the waste disposal company is seeking.