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

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

The bodies of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home on Friday night after investigators received an anonymous tip.

At the time of the discovery, construction was underway to convert the funeral home into a community center.

Police say the bodies had been hidden in the ceiling of the Mack Avenue business - eight inside a cardboard box and three others in individual bags inside a casket.

The remains were transferred to the Wayne County Medical examiner, WJBK reports.

'I didn't know anything about that, ' she told The Detroit News.

"On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled". When police arrived they opened them and found the remains.

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Police ordered a search of the building to ensure there are no additional bodies inside.

Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs found the remains Friday at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, just hours after receiving the letter telling them where the bodies were located, Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser told reporters.

Authorities were identifying the remains and notifying parents, he said.

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. We then immediately contacted local authorities. These violations included improper storage of embalmed bodies, two of which were in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to a press release from LARA. A third body had unknown fluids covering the facial area. The inspectors also alleged the owners had mishandled funds, and suspended the funeral home's license.

The successor to the closed funeral home operates as Cantrell Funeral Services, the paper said. Bowser added that police do not know why the bodies were stowed in the ceiling.

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