11 infant bodies found in ex-funeral home
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Detroit — An anonymous tip led state authorities to the remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a former east side funeral home shuttered since spring over deplorable conditions, Detroit police say.
Eight of the bodies were found in a cardboard box, three others were in separate trash bags in a single small casket, authorities said.
Inspectors from the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs uncovered the remains Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue.
Detroit Police Detective Lt. Brian Bowser told reporters late Friday that the state had received an anonymous letter, informing them that the infant bodies were hidden inside.
“The letter detailed the existence of human remains inside the funeral home,” said Bowser. “They were met here by the current owner who admitted them entry. They went to the location described in the letter and located a couple boxes. One box and one small casket.”
State inspectors found the bodies in a ceiling compartment similar to an upper stairwell and called Detroit police at 2:30 p.m., added Bowser of the Detroit Police Department’s homicide division.
Detroit police removed the box from a “false ceiling between
the first and second floor of the funeral home,” Bowser said.
Reached Friday night, Jameca LaJoyce Boone, the funeral home’s designated manager for a year before its closure, said she was shocked to learn about the bodies.
“I didn’t know anything about that,” she told The Detroit News. “I really don’t know how that could even have happened. I don’t know how long that’s been going on there… it’s very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there.”
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