Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of shuttered funeral home

By Mohamed Hassan

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

An anonymous letter was sent to state regulators, which led to the discovery of bodies hidden in a compartment in the ceiling at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue, NBC News reported.

The letter contained the exact location of the remains, which were found above a first-floor ceiling of the building. 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 covered in what “appeared to be mold” stored in an unrefrigerated garage, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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

The department suspended the establishment’s license.

Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home, said he was “sorry that it happened and totally appalled” by the shocking find, WDIV reported.

A spokesman for the department told NBC News that a cadaver dog went through the building but did not find any other bodies.

The funeral home is being converted into a community center.

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

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