A group of construction workers experienced a traumatic shock on Friday, October 12, when they discovered the remains of 11 child corpses hidden in the drop-down ceiling of the former Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit, Michigan.
The construction workers sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and investigators arrived on the scene that same day to confirm the presence of the bodies.
Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs found the remains Friday at the former… https://t.co/hUfiiJldEJ— WOOD TV8 (@WOOD TV8)1539517084.0
The construction workers were on site because the former funeral home is being renovated to become a community center. When the discovered the children, two were decomposing in caskets, but nine of the bodies were left in a cardboard box.
Detroit police say the babies’ bodies were found in a hidden false ceiling during Friday’s search of the former Can… https://t.co/ImXuEtTxsz— LEX 18 News (@LEX 18 News)1539451350.0
The infant's bodies were discovered in a drop-down ceiling. Police later ordered a full investigation of the premises, but no further bodies were found. The Wayne County Medical Examiner is still completing an autopsy on the 11 recovered remains.
UPDATE: This is the ceiling where the bodies of 11 infants and stillborns were found at the former Cantrell Funeral… https://t.co/J0hVLuCKk6— WXYZ Detroit (@WXYZ Detroit)1539439478.0
Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down by LARA in April due to "multiple violations," including "improper storage of embalmed bodies, two of which were in an advanced stage of decomposition."
"Some of the bodies had a tag on referring back to 2009, some bodies had receipts on them as if the person or famil… https://t.co/UqivsXVpTE— KOAA News5 (@KOAA News5)1539462600.0
Raymond Cantrell, former owner of the funeral home, now lives out of state, but says he'd be willing to talk to investigators "if they call him." He claimed to have no previous knowledge of the bodies, and that he did not order his employees to hide them:
I didn't go and try to discover things. I was trying to go handling things at hand.
On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled. The fact it occurred. I'm just thanking God it wasn't something I had any involvement in.
"On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled," Raymond Cantrell, the former owner… https://t.co/3nJWMGRC8l— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local 4 WDIV Detroit)1539400798.0
Twitter was absolutely appalled.
@NBCNews How on earth is this possible?— Prince Philip Fan (@Prince Philip Fan)1539546552.0
@CNN Take a moment to reflect on how horribe this tragedy is, then remind yourself there are hundreds of thousands… https://t.co/G5j68RVKt8— Vickey A. (@Vickey A.)1539549437.0
@CNN At this point I would like to claim non-human status...🤨🤨— Darla (@Darla)1539556038.0
Many couldn't believe any person could know about what happened to the children's bodies and fail to report it.
@nytimes Awful. Imagine being the person(s) responsible to removal.— Jason (@Jason)1539545046.0
@nytimes Dear God! There was that case several years ago of the funeral home in NC which was bad enough, but they… https://t.co/JJVtJY0oRw— NC Dem🌊Karma is a RavngBich! (@NC Dem🌊Karma is a RavngBich!)1539543737.0
@WOODTV Horrible for the people who had to find that. Tragic for the families who will have to be told that's what happened to their babies.— Sunryzen (@Sunryzen)1539547169.0
@WOODTV What the hell is wrong with this world 😢— Psychic Medium Kim Wicks Australia (@Psychic Medium Kim Wicks Australia)1539551851.0
Investigation around the children's bodies continues, and an autopsy to confirm they didn't die of any malicious intent is forthcoming.