Agency: 11 baby bodies found in closed Detroit funeral home

Blanche Robertson
October 13, 2018

An investigation is underway after the remains of 11 infants were found inside the ceiling a former Detroit funeral home that had been shut down due to deplorable conditions.

"If I had them in the funeral home then my funeral home wouldn't smell fresh", Cantrell told Fox then.

Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Medical examiners responded to the former funeral home Friday. Violations also included two improperly stored bodies covered in what appeared to be mold and a third body with unknown fluids covering the facial area.

The home's owner, Raymond Cantrell, told Fox 2 Detroit in an April interview that he'd taken over the funeral home in 2017 and was doing "a favor to accommodate" customers who couldn't pay.

Michigan State Police were called to the scene and continue to investigate.

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She then yelled for her husband, who ran to the first floor of the home and grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun, the Detroit News reported. Both Zeigler and his wife have maintained they thought they were being robbed by Brennan, citing several previous break-ins.

"Obviously we have to find out what happened, and why it happened", he said.

LARA released a statement to WXYZ explaining the discovery and the April violations.

The State of MI closed down Cantrell Funeral Home, located at the city's east side, six months ago.

Detroit police will search the entire building to make sure no additional bodies are hidden inside, according to WDIV. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

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

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