Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of closed funeral home

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2018

The bodies of 11 babies have been found inside cardboard boxes, hidden in a false drop-down ceiling of a former funeral home in the USA state of MI.

Police said they made the discovery at Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit after someone wrote authorities an anonymous letter disclosing the locations of the remains. Police say nine bodies were found in a cardboard box and two were found in caskets.

"Approximately 2.30pm (Friday) members of LARA received an anonymous letter detailling the existence or the wherabouts of numerous humans remains inside the funeral home", he said.

Some of the babies apparently were stillborn, Detroit police spokesman Brian Bowser told media.

The funeral home was also accused of several licensing and financial violations, the agency said.

Police were immediately called to the scene, and responding officers removed the boxes and discovered inside the remains of 11 infants and stillborns, he told reporters.

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The former funeral home located on Mack, was closed in April for deplorable conditions that included decomposing and moldy bodies.

The Cantrell family operates a successor funeral home in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe. The Wayne County Medical Examiner will take custody of the remains.

According to WDIV, construction workers found the bodies Friday while working on converting the funeral home into a community center.

The former mortuary is now in the process of being converted into a community center. "I really don't know how that could even have happened". I don't know how long that's been going on there... it's very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there'.

Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home, spoke to Local 4 on the phone.

Some of the deceased have been identified, and an investigation is underway, the detective added. Investigators found bodies not stored properly, including at least least two that reportedly appeared to be covered in mold.

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