Tip leads to 11 hidden infants' remains at Detroit funeral home

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Police said they made the discovery at Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit after someone wrote authorities an anonymous letter disclosing the locations of the remains.

Inspectors were struck by the squalid conditions in which the children's remains were stored: Bowser said that nine of the bodies were placed in one cardboard box and two were wrapped in trash bags and put in a tiny casket.

State inspectors had walked into the east Detroit establishment one day in April and found two bodies grown over with mold, the Detroit Free Press reported. Who are the babies, how long have they been kept in the ceiling and why?

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

Of 20 corpses thought to have been decomposing for months when they were found earlier this year, three were in cremation containers, seven in coffins and 10 laying out on tables.

Police eventually found "11 remains of infants, stillborns", Bowser said, adding an investigation followed.

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The property has been sold and the new owners plan to turn it into a community center, according to WXYZ.

Det. Lt. Burt also said detectives looking into the discovery are hoping to speak to the former owner of the funeral home and have not ruled out that other staff members may have known about the hidden bodies.

Additional violations included failure to deposit over $21,000 received for pre-need funeral services as well as multiple allegations of fraud, deceit and gross negligence in the provision of mortuary services. "It's really sad to do something like that to human bodies", Syed said.

At least some of the infants have been identified, according to Detroit Police Lieutenant Brian Bowser.

"They immediately notified Detroit police who responded and removed the boxes from a false ceiling between the first and second storey of the funeral home".

Cantrell also mentioned he was trying to contact people who had ashes to collect but was not able to get in touch with everyone.

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