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

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

The decomposed remains of 11 infants were found Friday in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home, authorities said.

Nine of the bodies were found in a cardboard box while the other 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.

"They responded here, they were met by the current owner, who admitted them entry, they went to the location described in the letter and located a couple boxes, one box and one small casket".

Cantrell Funeral Home shuttered roughly six months ago after inspectors suspended its mortuary license for "deplorable, unsanitary conditions", as well as "f$3 raud, deceit, or dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science".

LARA said there is still an open investigation into the funeral home and its owners.

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Investigators found the bodies and immediately called police.

The remains were of infants and still-borns - some of which have been identified, according to police.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner took custody of the remains after the discovery at around 5.30pm.

Jameca LaJoyce Boone, who had managed the funeral home the year before it closed, told The Detroit News she was shocked there were bodies hidden in the ceiling.

"If I had them in the funeral home then my funeral home wouldn't smell fresh ... so yes they are embalmed and serviced we put them in the garage", Cantrell said at the time. "I really don't know how that could even have happened".

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. Police said it is looking forward to questioning the facility's former owner, Raymond Cantrell. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.


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