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Wayne County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner will take lead on no­ti­fy­ing fam­i­lies of the babies, some of which they al­ready have names for, Bowser said.

The bod­ies, he said, were im­prop­erly taken care of and author­i­ties couldn’t im­me­di­ately iden­tify how long the re­mains had been stowed but were try­ing to get in touch with the for­mer owner of the build­ing.

De­troit po­lice searched the build­ing late into the evening. Bowser said late Fri­day that no ad­di­tional bod­ies were found.

Mul­ti­ple po­lice cruis­ers, a De­troit po­lice crime scene van and sev­eral un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cles were out­side the now va­cant fu­neral home.

A mes­sage was left Fri­day evening with an an­swer­ing ser­vice for the fu­neral home, and its listed owner could not be im­me­di­ately reached.

Robert Beavers, an em­ployee of Mack & Bewick Mar­ket & Liquor down the street, said the fu­neral home has been shut­tered for some time.

“Peo­ple have been go­ing in and out of there clean­ing up in­side lately,” he told The News late Fri­day. “Seems like they’ve only been closed a few months, but they’re def­i­nitely still closed.”

State of­fi­cials shut down the fu­neral home in April af­ter in­spec­tors found de­com­pos­ing re­mains and “de­plorable con­di­tions” on its site.

Of­fi­cials with Michi­gan’s Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs sus­pended the li­cense of the fu­neral home, which is lo­cated on Mack near Cadil­lac Boule­vard.

In­spec­tors, at the time, found the busi­ness had two bod­ies in ad­vanced stages of de­com­po­si­tion and cov­ered with mold in the fu­neral home. An­other body had un­known flu­ids cov­er­ing its face. They also found im­prop­erly stored em­balmed bod­ies in an un-re­frig­er­ated garage.

The busi­ness’ em­balm­ing room was un­clean and un­san­i­tary with peel­ing paint, wa­ter­stained walls and dirty floors, ac­cord­ing to LARA.

Of­fi­cials also said the fu­neral home’s man­age­ment had failed to re­new its pre­paid fu­neral and ceme­tery sales reg­is­tra­tion, it hadn’t de­posited at least $21,000 the busi­ness re­ceived for pre­paid fu­neral ser­vices for 13 con­tracts or re­funded cus­tomers their money.

David Gold­man / AP

Dam­aged boats sit among de­bris Fri­day in a ma­rina in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Panama City, Fla.

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