DETROIT, MI. (THECOUNT) — A horrifying discovery was made Friday after the Wayne County Medical Examiner took custody of the remains of 11 babies found in the ceiling of the closed Cantrell Funeral Home, according to Detroit police.

State workers say they located the remains of 11 bodies of babies in a cardboard box as well as a small casket inside inside a lowered ceiling, hidden away at a now closed funeral home on Detroit’s east side.


Raymond Cantrell, the owner of the shuttered funeral home, admitted to holding the preserved bodies saying it was his attempt to accommodate the community who couldn’t yet pay for burial of their loved one.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received an anonymous letter tipping them off where the bodies were hidden, leading to the search. The remains were of infants and stillborns and some have been identified according to Det. Brian Bowser, Detroit police. source

A cadaver dog from Michigan State Police checked the rest of the building and did not find any more remains, police said.

The former funeral home located on Mack, was closed in April for deplorable conditions that included decomposing and moldy bodies. The site is being converted to a community center.

Raymond Cantrell took over the funeral home in 2017 and admits

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