February 19, 2019

Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of closed funeral home

13 October 2018, 09:41 | Devin Moran

Source MGN

Source MGN

The State of MI closed down Cantrell Funeral Home, located at the city's east side, six months ago.

Police are investigating after authorities found nine badly decomposed bodies inside a box and two inside a casket.

Detroit police will search the entire building to make sure no additional bodies are hidden inside, according to WDIV.

The Cantrell Funeral home was shuttered in April when inspectors found "deplorable, unsanitary conditions", which included decomposing bodies left in an unrefrigerated garage for months, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said.

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

During a popup inspection during that time frame inspectors found 20 bodies, seven were in caskets, three were in cremation containers, and 10 were just lying on tables.

The charges are for receiving more than $21,000 in prepayments by no less than 13 people who had signed agreements for future funeral services, but failing to register for a new license to do so, reports Using prepaid funds for unauthorized personal use is a felony punishable by a fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison for each violation. Investigators also have not determined who might have left the bodies there.

The 11 infants' bodies at Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit were discovered in the ceiling between the first and second floors on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Cantrell said he did not order his employees to hide bodies. "I was trying to go handling things at hand", Cantrell said. "I don't know how long that's been going on there... it's very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there". For those that weren't, like the numerous cremated they are trying to take from here or that they are taking from here.

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