The Funeral Home Closed in April. A Letter Led to a Search

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

CONSTRUCTION workers have made a chilling discovery at a former funeral home in the USA state of MI after finding the bodies of 11 babies decomposing in the roof.

Inspectors of the Michigan Department Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received the letter at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, and inspectors went to the Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side, Bowser said.

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

"They received an anonymous letter describing exactly where the box was, where the remains were", Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser told reporters Friday. It was shut down in April and had its license withheld after inspectors uncovered multiple violations, including the improper handling of the decaying bodies of both adults and infants.

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"Obviously, it was either an employee or someone who had knowledge" of the funeral home and the building, Bowser said.

A cadaver dog from Michigan State Police checked the rest of the building and did not find any more remains, police said. The remains were taken to the medical examiner's office that is to determine their cause of death and identities.

Correction: An earlier version of this story cited local news reports that incorrectly said construction workers, rather than state inspectors, discovered the infant bodies.

It is unclear how, and whether, the funeral home administration ties into the shocking mishandling of the infants' remains.

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"On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled".

"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, ' Jason Moon, communications director for the state agency said in an email".

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. Investigators found bodies not stored properly, including at least least two that reportedly appeared to be covered in mold.

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