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Dead babies found hidden in ceiling of former U.S. funeral home

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit
Deanna Wagner | 13 October, 2018, 17:26

Authorities said construction workers found the bodies on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on the city's east side.

Bodies of eleven babies were found in a hidden compartment in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit.

In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants.

"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.

In April state inspectors found decomposing bodies in an non-refrigerated garage and a back room of the home, WDIV reported.

"Approximately 2.30pm (Friday) members of LARA received an anonymous letter detailling the existence or the wherabouts of numerous humans remains inside the funeral home", he said. "The inspectors from LARA located the boxes, or the one box and the casket, and they subsequently called 911".

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"We have to find out what happened, and why it happened", Bowser said. The site is being converted to a community center.

Further police searches of the entire building, including the use of cadaver dogs, did not uncover any other bodies or remains. Other embalmed bodies that were improperly stored for months were covered with mould.

"If I had them in the funeral home then my funeral home wouldn't smell fresh", Cantrell told Fox.

A police investigation is ongoing.

"We do have names for some of the remains and we're going to try to contact the families", Bowser added.