- Detroit police raided the Perry Funeral Home near Warren where remains of 63 fetuses have been discovered and removed. An anonymously written letter led MI inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of the shuttered Detroit funeral home.
Speaking to reporters on the night of that discovery, a police sergeant attributed to bodies' condition to "just the callousness of the owner, the operators, the employees of the funeral home". Twenty-six were in a freezer, police said. All the same, he described how the case escalated rapidly from a single, anonymous tip into a full-blown investigative task force that could now probe business throughout the state.
The license for the funeral home and the license of its director Gary Deak have since been suspended.
This is the second grisly discovery MI investigators have made at a Detroit funeral home in the past week. Some of the bodies had dates of death in 2015.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a press conference that the department was tipped off about the funeral home after a parent, involved in a civil suit over the improper burial of his daughter, saw another story about fetuses being improperly stored at the former Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit.
Authorities raided the Perry Funeral Home in response to a complaint and discovered the remains of 63 deceased bodies inside three boxes and a deep freezer, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Arrangements were being made to relocate a service previously scheduled at the funeral home.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said it is working to identify the Cantrell Funeral Home remains and notify any families.
The agency's statement said Friday's findings point clearly toward criminal offences of state laws regulating funeral homes that could be felonies "punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than (US)$50,000 or both".