Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of shuttered funeral home

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

It led the inspectors to a "hidden" compartment in a lowered ceiling - so concealed that Bowser was not sure anyone would have found it otherwise.

Investigators with Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) found nine bodies in a cardboard box and two in caskets, all found in a drop-down ceiling.

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The former funeral home located on Mack, was closed in April for deplorable conditions that included decomposing and moldy bodies. The inspectors also claimed the owners had mishandled funds and suspended the funeral home's licence.

Detective Brian Bowser said during a Friday press conference, part of which was posted on Twitter by Detroit News reporter Sarah Rahal.

Sniffer dogs were deployed to the location but no more bodies were found.

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The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Brower said.

Police said they have identified some of the corpses and are attempting to contact family members.

'Flat out disgusted, I can only tell them the truth, ' Cantrell said in April about customers who were unaware. 'I really don't know how that could even have happened. The fact it occurred.

According to WDIV, construction workers found the bodies Friday while working on converting the funeral home into a community center.

'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. "We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds".

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