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Business raid continues at Phoenix body donation lab

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

It appears to be part of a multi state investigation that started last month with a raid at a Detroit business. They believe the man who owned it is selling body parts on the black market.

It's not clear why this lead to the business in Phoenix and the Attorney General's office is not giving us any answers tonight.

Crews were back out at the lab today gathering evidence but they remain very tight lipped about what's going on.

For a second day agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arizona Attorney General's office gathered evidence at "Biological Resource Center" a body donation lab in Phoenix.

While it's still not clear exactly what sparked this raid it is causing concern for William Ivey, the body of his 80 year-old mother-in-law Opal Mullins was just donated to the center last week.

"Our main concern at this point is whether we will in fact get them given that the FBI is involved and whether or not they'll be the correct remains because how can you tell" said William Ivey.

Ivey says the family decided to donate Opal's body after talking with hospice workers about their options when she passed away two weeks ago.

"And we decided to go with that after talking about it hoping that donating her body would help others in the future" said Ivey.

Tuesday's raid in Phoenix comes just over a month after a similar raid at a body donation lab in Detroit, Michigan.

FBI agents at both locations wearing biohazard suits and carrying out evidence including body parts in brightly colored bags..

The Arizona AG's office will not confirm or deny if the investigations are related..

Family members with love ones taken to the lab now left searching for answers.

"And of course we've been in contact with them since and they assured us that it was business as usual and next week we'll be receiving those remains" said Ivey"

Federal investigators are expected to be in the valley through the week. The AG's office says they plan to hold a news conference to release details on the investigation in the next few weeks.

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