Tip leads to hid­den in­fant re­mains at fu­neral home

Texarkana Gazette - - NATION/WORLD -

DETROIT—An anony­mously writ­ten let­ter led Michi­gan in­spec­tors to find badly de­com­posed re­mains of 11 in­fants hid­den in a ceil­ing com­part­ment of a shut­tered Detroit fu­neral home, po­lice say.

In­spec­tors with the Michi­gan De­part­ment of Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs found the re­mains Fri­day at the for­mer Cantrell Fu­neral Home, just hours af­ter re­ceiv­ing the let­ter telling them where the bod­ies were lo­cated, Detroit po­lice Lt. Brian Bowser told re­porters. The fu­neral home has been closed since April, when state in­spec­tors sus­pended its li­cense fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of bod­ies cov­ered with what ap­peared to be mold.

The re­mains of the in­fants, some of them ap­par­ently still­born, were in a false ceil­ing be­tween the first and sec­ond floors, Brower said. Au­thor­i­ties do not 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."

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have names for some of the re­mains and of­fi­cials were con­tact­ing rel­a­tives, Bowser said.

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