Tip leads to hidden infant remains
DETROIT — An anonymous letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home, police say.
Government inspectors found the remains Friday at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, just hours after receiving the letter telling them where the bodies were, Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser told reporters.
The funeral home has been closed since April, when state inspectors suspended its licence following the discovery of bodies covered with what appeared to be mould.
The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Bowser said.
Authorities don’t know how long the remains had been stored there, he said.
Investigators also have not determined who might have left the bodies there.
“Obviously, it was either an employee or someone who had knowledge” of the funeral home and the building, Bowser said.
He also noted that the remains “were kind of hidden away.”