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Sunday, 21 October 2018

60 decomposing bodies of infants discovered hidden in boxes in funeral home

The remains of more than 60 infants

and fetuses were found stashed inside a Detroit

funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the

discovery “deeply disturbing.”

The incident comes about a week after the badly

decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found

hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home

in the Michigan city.

No connection between the two cases has yet been

established, Detroit’s police chief said. He added

city, state and federal investigators were looking to

form a task force to investigate the improper

storage of human remains.

Unrefrigerated boxes containing about 36 sets of

remains were recovered from the Perry Funeral

Home along with another 27 sets of remains in a

freezer, police said.

“This is deeply disturbing,” Detroit Police Chief

James Craig told reporters on Friday. “I have never

seen anything like this in my 41-1/2 years (on the

force), ever.” Investigators are working to establish

ages and identities.

An official with Perry Funeral Home, which offers

burial and cremation services, declined to

comment on the incident.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and

Regulatory Affairs said in a statement it revoked the

funeral home’s license and shut down the facility

after inspectors “found heinous conditions and

negligent conduct at the home.”

Police have also launched an investigation into the

now-defunct Cantrell Funeral Home, where the

remains of the 11 babies were uncovered last week

after authorities received an anonymous letter

leading them to the remains.

Its former operators have not commented to media.

In April, state regulators found “deplorable,

unsanitary conditions” at the same premises,

including embalmed bodies in an unrefrigerated

garage and other badly decomposed remains, the

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory

Affairs said in a statement at the time.

The funeral home was also accused of several

licensing and financial violations, the agency said.

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