Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Remains of over 60 infants and fetuses discovered in Detroit funeral home

Remains of over 60 infants and fetuses discovered in Detroit funeral home

The police in Detroit city of MI in the United States on Friday found remains of 63 infants and foetuses in a funeral home.

The funeral home was shut down Friday, FOX News reported.

In April, state regulators found "deplorable, unsanitary conditions" at the same premises, including embalmed bodies in an unrefrigerated garage and other badly decomposed remains, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said in a statement at the time.

Authorities raided the Perry Funeral Home in response to a complaint and discovered the remains of 63 deceased bodies inside three boxes and a deep freezer, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Perry Funeral Home also failed to certify and file death certificates for the bodies of fetuses and infants within 72 hours of death, according to LARA.

Officers made the "deeply disturbing" discovery in Detroit on Friday, with some of the bodies having dates of death as far back as 2015.

Police said that during the raid, they found approximately 37 fetuses stored in cardboard boxes and 26 stashed in a freezer.

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After the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were found on October 12, a cadaver-trained police dog searched the building and no additional bodies were located, Detroit Police Lt. Brian Bowser said.

No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said.

Cantrell did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said it is working to identify the Cantrell Funeral Home remains and notify any families.

"A parent saw the story" about Cantrell in the news, Craig told reporters.

Craig said authorities were tipped off about the funeral home by a father involved in a civil suit over the alleged improper burial of his daughter.

Several cremated remains were found at the former Cantrell Funeral Home just last weekend where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered in a ceiling.

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