Detroit: Decomposed bodies of 11 babies have been found in cardboard boxes and a casket in former Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit in the US state of Michigan.
The bodies were hidden in the false drop-down ceiling of the funeral home.
On Friday approximately 2.30pm, The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received an anonymous letter informing them about the location of the bodies which lead to the search of the funeral home.
According to Detroit Police detective lieutenant Brian Bowser, the remains were of infants and stillborn and some of them have also been identified.
The entire building was also searched by A cadaver dog but did not find any more of remains anywhere else.
The police have yet to find out what had happened and why it happened.
The police also informed that they met the new owners who allowed them the entry, they searched the location as notified in the letter and found boxes and one small casket.
The boxes were removed from the false ceiling between the first and second storey of the Cantrell Funeral Home.
Nine of the babies were found in the cardboard box and two other in coffins. An autopsy report will be provided soon from the Wayne County Medical Examiner
police do have some of the infants’ names and are attempting to locate family members, according to Det. Lt. Burt.
The funeral home was closed six months ago and is in the process of being converted into a community center.
In April, state regulators found “deplorable, unsanitary conditions” at the same premises, including embalmed bodies in an unrefrigerated garage and other badly decomposed, remains, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said in a statement at the time.
The funeral home was also accused of several licensing and financial violations, the agency said.