Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of shuttered funeral home


The bodies of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home Friday, according to reports.

Construction workers discovered the bodies hidden in a compartment in the ceiling at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue, WDIV reported.

Nine of the bodies were found in a cardboard box while the other two were found in caskets.

The funeral home was shut down by state inspectors in April for racking up several violations including “deplorable conditions,” according to WDIV. Inspectors cited decomposing remains that were stored in an unrefrigerated garage.

Management of the funeral home failed to renew its prepaid funeral and cemetery sales registration, the Detroit News reported.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended the establishment’s license.

At the time of the discovery, construction was underway to convert the funeral home into a community center.

The remains were transferred to the Wayne County Medical examiner, WJBK reports.

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

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