COMPLETE COVERAGE: 11 infant bodies found in ceiling of former Detroit funeral home

Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 16:58:13-04

The bodies of 11 infants and stillborns were found in the ceiling of a former funeral home on Detroit's east side on Oct. 12. 


The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down this past April due to several violations and "deplorable, unsanitary conditions."

It is not clear how long the remains had been there, but the property's current owner, Naveed Syed, said he was told at least one of the bodies had been there since 2009.

A spokesperson from LARA has released this statement regarding their investigation:

“Based on a new complaint, LARA investigators today searched Cantrell Funeral Home and found the decomposing bodies of 11 infants. We then immediately contacted local authorities. In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds.”