"If I had them in the funeral home then my funeral home wouldn't smell fresh", Cantrell told Fox.
The department suspended the establishment's license.
Lt. Brian Bowser, Detroit Police Department, briefed the media on the discovery of 11 bodies of infants found at a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
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State inspectors shut down the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue in April after the discovery of several violations including decomposing remains and "deplorable conditions". A cadaver-trained dog searched through the entire building but turned up nothing in that regard. He says officials have determined the names for some of the infants and would try to contact the families. Some of them appeared to have been stillborn. It led the inspectors to a "hidden" compartment in a lowered ceiling - so concealed that Bowser was not sure anyone would have found it otherwise.
Officers were alerted to the discarded remains after an anonymous letter was sent to the local council, detailing where the bodies were hidden. '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.
Some of the deceased have been identified, and an investigation is underway, the detective added.
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Bowser also noted that the bodies were fairly well-hidden and that authorities were attempting to contact Raymond Cantrell, the former owner of the funeral home-and would also be following up with the funeral home's former employees.
The successor to the closed funeral home operates as Cantrell Funeral Services, the paper said.
'Flat out disgusted, I can only tell them the truth, ' Cantrell said in April about customers who were unaware.
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It never reopened. Lately, there had been talk of a new owner turning it into a community center, the Detroit News reported. He said he only held the bodies because some people were unable to pay for a proper burial.