Criminal investigation underway into closed Cantrell funeral home

Exterior of the former Cantrell Funeral Home building is seen on Monday Oct. 15 2018 in Detroit. An anonymously written letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of the shuttered Detroi

Remains of over 60 infants and fetuses discovered in Detroit funeral home

The police in Detroit city of MI in the United States on Friday found remains of 63 infants and foetuses in a funeral home. An anonymously written letter led MI inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of the shuttered Detroit funeral home.

The recent discovery of the 10 fetuses and one infant at the Cantrell Funeral Home came after state inspectors in April shuttered that business after finding 21 improperly stored bodies, some of them covered in mould, in the facility.

"We have tremendous work today", the police chief said. A state oversight agency has closed the west side funeral home.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said it has suspended the funeral home's mortuary science license because of "multiple violations of Michigan's public health and occupational codes and an imminent threat to the public health and safety".

The remains, found at the Perry Funeral Home near Wayne State University after a raid, were handed over to state investigators, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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"I have never seen anything like this in my 41 and a half years as police officer", Craig said at a press conference.

There was one previously scheduled service at Perry Funeral Home and arrangements are being made for it to occur at another location. Some of the bodies had dates of death in 2015.

No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said. The investigation into that felony charge - failure to supervise the final disposition of a dead body within 180 days - will involve an interview with Raymond Cantrell II, who owned the former funeral home, Craig said.

Police have also launched an investigation into the now defunct Cantrell Funeral Home, where the remains of the 11 babies were uncovered last week after authorities received an anonymous letter leading them to the remains.

For more information, call the Verheyden Funeral Home at 313-821-9040.

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