11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

Bodies of eleven babies were found in a hidden compartment in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit.

The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April due to a number of disturbing violations, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ.

At the time of the discovery, construction was underway to convert the funeral home into a community center.

USA inspectors made the grim discovery of 11 corpses on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Michigan's east side, according to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Jason Moon.

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The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received an anonymous letter tipping them off where the bodies were hidden, leading tio the search. "We then immediately contacted local authorities. 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".

The Wayne County Medical Examiner will take custody of the remains. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

The funeral home was shut down by state inspectors in April for racking up several violations including "deplorable conditions", according to WDIV. Officials allegedly found seven bodies in caskets, three bodies in cremation containers and ten bodies just lying on tables.

FOX 2 reports that Raymond Cantrell, who took over the business a year ago, admitted to holding preserved bodies in an attempt to accommodate people who weren't yet able to pay for their loved ones to be buried.

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