Agency: 11 baby bodies found in closed Detroit funeral home


The bodies of 11 infants were found in the ceiling of a MI funeral home that was closed down months ago, reports said.

Bowser also noted that the bodies were fairly well-hidden and that authorities were attempting to contact Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home-and would also be following up with the funeral home's former employees. Nine bodies were found in a cardboard box, two were found in caskets - all in a hidden section of the ceiling. An autopsy report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner is forthcoming, according to Officer Burt.

Detroit police will search the entire building to make sure no additional bodies are hidden inside, according to WDIV.

Other bodies were found in an "advanced stage of decomposition" and covered in mold, inspectors said, and a third had unknown fluids covering the facial area.

It is unclear how, and whether, the funeral home administration ties into the shocking mishandling of the infants' remains.

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Michigan's Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Director Julia Dale issued a statement when the funeral home was closed in April.

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. The face of a third was covered with unusual fluid. "The police responded, they removed the box and the casket from the false ceiling, or the lowered ceiling, and they opened them up and obviously they discovered the remains".

MI residents trust funeral home directors, owners, and their establishments to follow the law, especially when dealing with the death of a loved one. "It's very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there".

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

'Flat out disgusted, I can only tell them the truth, ' Cantrell said in April about customers who were unaware. Those individuals we called we've tried to notify and they haven't been picked up'.