4 additional cremated remains found in Cantrell Funeral Home

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Four additional cremated remains have been located inside the Cantrell Funeral in Detroit.

This news comes after 11 fetuses were found in the ceiling of the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 12. 

According to the new owner of the building, Naveed Syed, the most recent remains were found in boxes in the funeral home's basement.

A worker in the funeral home was doing electrical work in the basement when he discovered the cremated remains. 


“I (kept) seeing this black box that was in my way," said Joseph Summers, a worker who found the ashes. "So as I moved it to the right, I happened to notice that it was the remains of ashes of someone – some loved ones that was basically thrown away like trash.”

Syed purchased the closed funeral home with plans of turning it into a community center. He says the latest remains were discovered over the past two days. 

The remains, found in boxes, were labeled with names, however, no medical paper work was found.

“This shows how negligent people were and how unprofessional it was," Syed said. "This is not how you practice mortuary science. This is not ethical or moral.”

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has confirmed that four cremated remains were found, and that those remains have since been transported to Verheyden Funeral Home in Eastpointe. 

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