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A Detroit Police vehicle is parked outside the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. . (Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Police: 10 Fetuses Among Remains Found In Funeral Home Ceiling

October 15, 2018 - 4:41 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Remains found in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home included 10 fetuses and one full-term infant.

That's according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who said Monday that that the fetuses were in a cardboard-like box while the infant's remains were in a coffin in a building once owned by Cantrell Funeral Home.

Detroit police, along with Michigan State Police and other officials are continuing to investigate following the grisly discovery on Friday. 

Spokesman Jason Moon said Monday that Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is working with the state attorney general to gather information about Cantrell Funeral Home after an anonymous letter led inspectors to the decomposed remains, between the building's first and second floors.

Craig told reporters that a criminal investigation is also underway. 

"They were definitely hidden. The way they were placed in ceiling, one would not have readily discovered them," the chief said. 

While the chief said some of the bodies had dates attached to their bodies, details regarding how long the remains were in the ceiling are still sketchy at this time. 

Among other still unanswered questions: Who put them there, and why?

"I've never heard of anything like this...this is the first time in my career," the chief said. "I just can't explain it; it makes no sense."

Wayne County Medical Examiner spokeswoman Lisa Croff told WWJ Newsrasdio 950 on Monday that the remains are currently at the medical examiner's office.

The office will coordinate efforts with Detroit police, the state and other means to hopefully identify the babies and their families, Croff said. She added that there is very little to go on at this time, as the funeral home's owners are not cooperating, and "everything is under investigation."  

No arrests have been made. 

Back in April, the funeral home was shut down by state officials after inspectors found other decomposing remains and "deplorable" conditions inside the building, located on Mack Avenue near Cadillac Boulevard. At the time, inspectors reported finding multiple decomposing bodies and other unsanitary, improper practices.

Moon said the business' license was suspended at that time, and the suspension wasn't appealed.

The building has a new owner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.