State officials found the remains Friday in a false ceiling between the first and second floors of the Cantrell Funeral Home after receiving an anonymous letter in the mail describing exactly where the bodies were located, the Detroit Police Department said.
He says nine bodies were in a cardboard box and two were in trash bags in a single casket.
Detroit police said Friday night that investigators received an anonymous letter Friday afternoon that lead them to the gruesome discovery.
Inspectors cited decomposing remains that were covered in what "appeared to be mold" stored in an unrefrigerated garage, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. According to inspectors numerous bodies had been decomposing for months.
Some of the infants were apparently stillborn, Bowser said, adding that authorities do not know how long the remains were stored and have not determined who might have left the bodies there.
The remains were of infants and still-borns - some of which have been identified, according to police.
Police were called around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Jameca LaJoyce Boone, who was the funeral home's manager for a year before it was shut down and had her individual mortuary licence revoked, said she had no idea what was going on with the baby's bodies. 'I really don't know how that could even have happened. "I was trying to go handling things at hand", Cantrell said.
Raymond Cantrell took over the funeral home in 2017 and admits holding the preserved bodies and says it was his attempt to accommodate the community who couldn't yet pay for burial of their loved one. We then immediately contacted local authorities.
Cantrell said he did not order his employees to hide bodies.