11 in­fant bod­ies found in ex-fu­neral home

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The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY SARAH RAHAL AND MARK HICKS The De­troit News

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.”

Nick Smith / WOOD TV8

Bill Schuette touted plans to cut the per­sonal in­come tax, while Gretchen Whit­mer framed her­self as a prag­matic prob­lem solver.

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