Bodies of 11 babies found in closed funeral home: authorities

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home

Nine bodies were found in a cardboard box, two were found in caskets - all in a hidden section of the ceiling.

The remains were transferred to the Wayne County Medical examiner, WJBK reports.

"I didn't know anything about that", Boone told The Detroit News. "I really don't know how that could even have happened". When police arrived they opened them and found the remains.

WDIV said that Detroit police have ordered an entire building search to ensure there are no additional bodies inside.

Bowser told reporters that inspectors from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs had received an anonymous letter on Friday detailing how to find bodies inside the now-closed Cantrell Funeral Home. According to inspectors numerous bodies had been decomposing for months.

The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Brower said.

State officials had shut the funeral home down in April over numerous issues including improperly stored bodies covered in mold, unsanitary conditions and financial violations. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. The face of a third was covered with unusual fluid. The inspectors also alleged the owners had mishandled funds, and suspended the funeral home's license.

Fox2 reported that Raymond Cantrell took over the half-a-century-old funeral home in 2017. "So yes they are embalmed and serviced [and] we put them in the garage".

The bodies were found in a hidden compartment located in the ceiling of the building.

Others who could afford to bury and cremate their loved ones were not, however.

Who hid the bodies in the ceiling? "I was trying to go handling things at hand", Cantrell said.

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