A urine specimen (Wikicommons)
According to the News-Times, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) spokesman Dennis Schain said authorities found “200 to 300 one-gallon plastic jugs filled with human urine" during a search of the man’s home in Watertown, Connecticut.
Police have declined to publicly release the man’s name, as he has not yet been formally charged with a crime.
"An environmental contractor ... was brought into help deal with this under our supervision," Schain told the paper, saying DEEP authorities were called in to assess what he described as a home "in a state of disrepair."
Despite the disturbing and unusual nature of the urine collection, Schain said it’s unlikely authorities will actually charge the man with a crime. He’s not the first person to store his own urine, with these cases often tied to mental illness. For example, Howard Hughes famously stored his own urine after retreating to Las Vegas. The actor James Franco even admitted to bottling his own urine, though that was part of a youthful prank.
In the meantime, the urine is schedule to be taken to a waste treatment plant for proper disposal.
- Crime & Justice