Police say dozens of infant remains found in second Detroit funeral home

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

The raid came a week after an anonymous letter led investigators to an abandoned funeral home on the other side of central Detroit, where they allegedly found almost a dozen infant corpses hidden in a ceiling. They added that it is unclear in what condition the remains were found.

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.

Three unrefrigerated boxes containing the remains of a total of approximately 37 deceased bodies of fetuses or infants plus a deep freezer containing 26 additional deceased bodies.


As many as 36 infants and foetuses were found stored in boxes, and 27 in freezers.

Perry Funeral Home also failed to certify and file death certificates for the bodies of fetuses and infants within 72 hours of death, according to LARA.

Ms Dellihue said: "I paid money for my daughter, I want her you know.it's heartbreaking to know that people are out there doing sick things like that".


Absent any statutory exception, the failure or refusal to properly supervise the final disposition of a dead human body after agreeing to provide the services of a funeral director within 60 days of receiving the body is a criminal violation under Section 160c of the Michigan Penal Code.

Since April, 38 unattended bodies and 269 containers of cremated remains have been discovered in the facility. However, Detroit police chief James Craig said no connection between the two cases had yet been established, Reuters reported.

Bodies awaiting burial or cremation will be placed in the department's custody.


The mother and father sued Perry Funeral Home in July, alleging that the company had claimed to bury Alayah and several other infants at a particular cemetery, but had actually stored their bodies for years in a mortuary school morgue.

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