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UPDATE: Lost Scallop Guts Found in UMaine Professor's Car
11/28/2012 10:54 AM ET  

Andy Mays of Southwest Harbor had been collecting scallops for six months for a project by the University of Maine's marine research facility when they went missing.

Scallop guts collected over six months by a Maine fishermen have been found. The guts went missing Saturday after they were mistakenly put in the wrong vehicle.

Andy Mays of Southwest Harbor had been collecting scallops for a project by the University of Maine's marine research facility. He'd gutted the bivalves, isolated different organs and preserved them in formaldehyde.

Mays was scheduled to hand over the parts to a graduate student at a convenience store Monday. When he arrived, he put the container of bits into a car with University of Maine plates, assuming it belonged to the student. It did not, and when he came back outside, the car was gone.

As it turns out, Mays put the guts into a vehicle driven by an associate professor at UMaine, who was on her way to Orono, according to the Bangor Daily News. Abigail Garthwait didn't know the collected material was there until she stopped for gas and noticed two buckets in the vehicle.

Garthwait tells the paper that she eventually heard news stories about the missing guts and realized that she had them. The guts are now on their way to their original destination in Walpole.

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