Bodies Of 11 Infants Found In Ceiling Of Closed Funeral Home

Police 11 baby bodies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

Detroit police say the bodies of 11 babies have been found hidden in a ceiling of a funeral home that the state of MI closed six months ago.

The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April due to a number of disturbing violations, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. The site is being converted to a community center.

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

Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Medical examiners responded to the former funeral home Friday. Other embalmed bodies that were improperly stored for months were covered with mold.

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Police say the nine of the 11 remains were found in a cardboard box as well as a small casket inside inside a lowered ceiling, hidden away at the former funeral home on the east side. "We then immediately contacted local authorities".

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.

A police investigation is ongoing.

The funeral home was shut down by state inspectors in April for racking up several violations including "deplorable conditions", according to WDIV. According to inspectors numerous bodies had been decomposing for months.

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