Detroit Police said the bodies of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of the former Cantrell Funeral Home on the city’s east side. Published reports said the remains were found in boxes and two small caskets. The property’s current owner, Naveed Syed, called police after making the shocking discovery. Syed is in the process of converting the former funeral home into a community center. He said he was told at least one of the bodies had been there since 2009.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs shut down Cantrell Funeral home this past April due to several violations and deplorable, unsanitary conditions. Investigators found bodies not stored properly, including at least two that reportedly appeared to be covered in mold. Investigators are now working to identify the remains of the 11 infants.