Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

The discovery was made after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which licenses funeral homes, was sent an anonymous letter Friday afternoon, which described exactly where the remains could be found.

An anonymously written letter led MI inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, police say.

The bodies were found in bags, most in a cardboard box and others stuffed in a small coffin, police said.

The county medical examiner's office has identified some of the bodies and is notifying the families of the infants. Other embalmed bodies that were improperly stored for months were covered with mould.

"Obviously, it was either an employee or someone who had knowledge" of the funeral home and the building, Bowser said.

"I didn't know anything about that", she said.

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After the bodies were found, police used a cadaver-trained police dog to search the building.

Naveed Syed, who now owns the property where the funeral home is located, told local news station, told WXYZ that he helped lead state inspectors to the bodies.

Cantrell Funeral Home's mortuary science establishment license was suspended then, according to WDIV.

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. Using prepaid funds for unauthorized personal use is a felony punishable by a fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison for each violation.

The 11 infants' bodies at Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit were discovered in the ceiling between the first and second floors on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

The successor to the closed funeral home operates as Cantrell Funeral Services, the paper said. "It's very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there".

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