63 fetus remains removed from Perry Funeral Home in Detroit

Glen Norman
October 22, 2018

Perry Funeral Home is the second such facility in Detroit where remains have been found, after 11 foetuses were reportedly discovered in a ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home on Friday 12 October.

Police said that during the raid, they found approximately 37 fetuses stored in cardboard boxes and 26 stashed in a freezer.

Kandishann Powell is just one of many mothers concerned about her stillborn's remains. "I am committed to get to the truth".

Exterior of the former Cantrell Funeral Home building is seen on Monday Oct. 15 2018 in Detroit. An anonymously written letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of the shuttered Detroi

Detroit Police officers use crime scene tape to cordon off the area while they execute a search warrant at the Perry Funeral Home in Detroit on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

The recent discovery of the 10 fetuses and one infant at the Cantrell Funeral Home came after state inspectors in April shuttered that business after finding 21 improperly stored bodies, some of them covered in mold, in the facility. "I can't say that with certainty, and so this is much larger than we might know".

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.


Jason Moon of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the remains were found in three unrefrigerated boxes.

"This is deeply disturbing", Police Chief James Craig told reporters at a press conference.

Chief Craig said there appeared to be no connection between the two funeral homes, but says the tips and allegations that fetuses have not been properly disposed of, are similar. The funeral home routinely deposited infant remains at the WSU school's morgue, then failed to follow up with parents' wishes for the remains to be used in research by the WSU School of Medicine, they said.


In a letter dated June 1, 2017, Wayne State told Perry Funeral Home they could no longer house the remains.

Authorities widened the investigation after people saw the news about Cantrell Funeral and came forward, Craig said.

Police were tipped off regarding issues with the funeral home by a parent involved in a civil suit over the improper burial of a child, the paper said.


"I would like to look at you and tell you I hope. that this is isolated to these two".

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