Bodies Of 11 Infants Found In Ceiling Of Former Detroit Funeral Home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home

Builders made a gruesome discovery on Friday evening as they were transforming a former funeral home into a community centre: the bodies of 11 infants hidden in the ceiling.

Camera IconThe abandoned Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit, Michigan.

At a press conference, Detroit Police Department Lt. Brian Bowser said renovation inspectors called 911 as soon as they found the box and casket.

"Some of the bodies had a tag on referring back to 2009, some had receipts on them as if the person or family didn't finish paying", Detroit Police Lieutenant Demps said.

The funeral home was shut down by state inspectors in April for racking up several violations including "deplorable conditions", according to WDIV.

In April, state investigators found embalmed bodies had been stored for months in an unrefrigerated garage and other unsanitary areas, allowing them to deteriorate - one body was kept from January until April before it was cremated, according to state officials. Bowser added that police do not know why the bodies were stowed in the ceiling.

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The successor to the closed funeral home operates as Cantrell Funeral Services, the paper said. "They're very small remains". That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

The charges are for receiving more than $21,000 in prepayments by no less than 13 people who had signed agreements for future funeral services, but failing to register for a new license to do so, reports Freep.com.

Fox2 reported that Raymond Cantrell took over the half-a-century-old funeral home in 2017. Law&Crime reached out to this business for comment on the matter but an employee said the two homes have never been affiliated with one another and declined to comment further. The funeral home was closed by state authorities in April after they found numerous violations of state law.

Some of the deceased have been identified, and an investigation is underway, the detective added. Investigators also have not determined who might have left the bodies there.

'Those who have asked me to hold their loved ones will know I was doing them a favour to accommodate them.

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