Infant Bodies Discovered in Ceiling of Michigan Funeral Home

Construction workers found the bodies of 11 infants inside a defunct Detroit funeral home Friday, police say.

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 say the bodies had been hidden in the ceiling of the Mack Avenue business - eight inside a cardboard box and three others in individual bags inside a casket.

The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Brower said.

"It's just the callousness of the owner, the operators, the employees of the funeral home", Bowser said.

The property's current owner, Naveed Syed, says he called police after making the shocking discovery. Authorities do not know how long the remains had been stored there, he said.

The former funeral home was forcibly closed in April for deplorable conditions regarding decomposing and mouldy bodies.

The bodies were found in a hidden compartment located in the ceiling of the building.

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

The Wayne County Medical Examiner took custody of the remains after the discovery at around 5.30pm. The funeral home was shut down in April over several violations and is in the process of being converted into a community center.

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

Some of the deceased have been identified, and an investigation is underway, the detective added.

Violations also included two bodies in a garage covered in what appeared to be mould due to not being held in a proper refrigerator.

"That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation", LARA spokesman Jason Moon said in a statement Friday.

Vanessa Coleman

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