Bodies of 11 babies found hidden at funeral home


The crew was working on the Cantrell Funeral Home on the city's east side when they found the bodies just before 5:30 p.m., according to The Detroit News.

The bodies of 11 babies have been found hidden in a ceiling of a closed funeral home by construction workers, Detroit police say.

This comes after MI inspectors reportedly shut down Cantrell Funeral Home in April after discovering the funeral home had several violations "including decomposing remains and deplorable conditions".

"Obviously, it was either an employee or someone who had knowledge" of the business and the building who hid the bodies, for unknown reasons, Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser said.

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The bodies of 11 infants were discovered at the shuttered Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

State inspectors shut down the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue in April after the discovery of several violations including decomposing remains and "deplorable conditions". "The inspectors from LARA located the boxes, or the one box and the casket, and they subsequently called 911". Bowser said some of the babies had apparently been stillborn.

Detroit police will search the entire building to make sure no additional bodies are hidden inside, according to WDIV. "We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds". Other embalmed bodies that were improperly kept for months were covered with mould. "We then immediately contacted local authorities".

Investigators were looking to speak with the former funeral home's owner, Raymond Cantrell.