Agency: 11 baby bodies found in closed Detroit funeral home

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

An anonymously written letter led MI inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, police say.

Bowser also noted that the bodies were fairly well-hidden and that authorities were attempting to contact Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home-and would also be following up with the funeral home's former employees.

Eight bodies or nine bodies were reportedly found in a cardboard box and the rest were found inside one or more caskets, all placed inside of the ceiling, CBS News reported. The Wayne County Medical Examiner will conduct an investigation. The builders called the police, who ordered the rest of the property searched.

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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". These violations included improper storage of embalmed bodies, two of which were in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to a press release from LARA.

The Cantrell family operates a successor funeral home in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe.

Overall, state officials had charged the operators of Cantrell Funeral Home with "fraud, deceit, dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science", according to a report issued in April about the decision to close the business.

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Some of the deceased have been identified, and an investigation is underway, the detective added. The face of a third was covered with odd fluid. He said he only held the bodies because some people were unable to pay for a proper burial.

"Obviously they had knowledge", he said.

Who knew about the bodies and why did it take so long for them to be found?

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Who hid the bodies in the ceiling? 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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