Monday, 10 December, 2018

Authorities say 11 baby bodies found in closed Detroit funeral home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of funeral home that closed earlier this year Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of funeral home that closed earlier this year
Steven Clarke | 13 October, 2018, 09:49

Detroit police say the bodies of 11 babies have been found hidden in a ceiling of a funeral home that the state of MI closed six months ago. The former funeral home is being turned into a community center.

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

Police say construction workers found the remains around 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home while working on rehabbing the building, according to a report from The Detroit News.

"It's just the callousness of the operators, the owners, the employees of the funeral home [that stands out]", Detroit Police Department Lt. Brian Bowser said at a press conference Friday night.

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The home's owner, Raymond Cantrell, told Fox 2 Detroit in an April interview that he'd taken over the funeral home in 2017 and was doing "a favor to accommodate" customers who couldn't pay. Other embalmed bodies that were improperly stored for months were covered with mold. "We then immediately contacted local authorities".

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".

A police investigation is ongoing. 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.

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