Agency: 11 baby bodies found in closed Detroit funeral home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home

The bodies of 11 babies were found hidden at a former funeral home in Detroit on Friday (Oct 12) after authorities received an anonymous letter leading them to the remains, police said.

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

The Wayne County Medical Examiner is now taking custody of the remains, according to FOX 2.

The bodies were reportedly found in a hidden compartment in the ceiling of the building; WDIV said nine were found in a cardboard box and two were found in caskets.

A police investigation is ongoing.

Back in April, the funeral home had been shut down by state officials after inspectors found other decomposing remains and "deplorable" conditions inside the building, located on Mack Avenue near Cadillac Boulevard. Other embalmed bodies that were improperly kept for months were covered with mould.

Raymond Cantrell took over the funeral home in 2017 and admits holding the preserved bodies and says it was his attempt to accommodate the community who couldn't yet pay for burial of their loved one.

LARA released a statement to WXYZ explaining the discovery and the April violations. The construction workers called the police, who ordered the rest of the property searched.

U.S. inspectors made the grim discovery of 11 corpses on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Michigan's east side, according to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Jason Moon.

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