In a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 11 deceased infants were found in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday.
The bodies were found in bags, most in a cardboard box and others stuffed in a small coffin, police said.
The discovery was made after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which licenses funeral homes, was sent an anonymous letter Friday afternoon, which described exactly where the remains could be found.
The police responded, they removed the box and the casket from the false ceiling, or the lowered ceiling, and they opened them up and obviously they discovered the remains.”
“They were actually in a cardboard box, nine of the 11 — they’re very small remains,” Bowser continued. “They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell.”
Bowser said they have names of some of the deceased infants and the medical examiner will conduct an investigation.
The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April due to a number of disturbing violations.
Violations included dirty floors, peeling paint, mold, improper storage of embalmed bodies, with one in “advanced stage of decomposition,” and fraud, deceit, or dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science.” LARA called the violations “deplorable” at the time.
The Detroit Police Department will continue to investigate the discovery Friday and had cadaver dogs searching the property, Bowser said.
“Obviously we have to find out what happened, and why it happened,” he said.