Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of shuttered funeral home

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2018

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

In a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 11 deceased infants were found in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday.

"Obviously, it was either an employee or someone who had knowledge" of the business and the building who hid the bodies, for unknown reasons, Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser said.

The home's owner, Raymond Cantrell, told Fox 2 Detroit in an April interview that he had taken over the funeral home in 2017 and was doing "a favour to accommodate" customers who could not pay.

Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Medical examiners responded to the former funeral home Friday.

Some of the infants were apparently stillborn and inside a cardboard box hidden in a drop-down ceiling of a stairwell.

LARA shut down Cantrell Funeral Home in April for multiple violations including the improper storage of embalmed bodies, two of which were in an advanced stage of decomposition.

The funeral home's license was suspended by the state's Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. LARA called the violations "deplorable" at the time.

Detroit police ordered a search of the building to ensure there are no additional bodies inside. "We then immediately contacted local authorities".

Camera IconThe abandoned Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit, Michigan. "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".

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