Bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

The Wayne County Medical Examiner will conduct an investigation.

"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", Boone told The Detroit News.

"On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled".

Who knew about the bodies and why did it take so long for them to be found?

It is understood the funeral home had been closed six months ago and is in the process of being converted into a community centre.

Police ordered a search of the entire building and nothing else was found.

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Authorities say an anonymously written letter led them to the decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home. The bodies had been reportedly decomposing for months.

The remains were of infants and still-borns - some of which have been identified, according to police. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. Officials allegedly found seven bodies in caskets, three bodies in cremation containers and ten bodies just lying on tables. The face of a third was covered with unusual fluid.

LARA suspended the mortuary science establishment license after state inspectors reported finding decomposing bodies stored in an unrefrigerated garage and a filthy back room.

They also included having unclean embalming rooms. 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.

Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home, spoke to Local 4 on the phone. He said he only held the bodies because some people were unable to pay for a proper burial.

"If I had them in the funeral home then my funeral home wouldn't smell fresh", Cantrell told Fox. 'So yes they are embalmed and serviced we put them in the garage'. Bowser added that police do not know why the bodies were stowed in the ceiling.

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