The remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing". The remains, found at the Perry Funeral Home near Wayne State University after a raid, were handed over to state investigators, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In April, state regulators found "deplorable, unsanitary conditions" at the same premises, including embalmed bodies in an unrefrigerated garage and other badly decomposed remains, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said in a statement at the time.
According to police, about 37 fetuses were found in cardboard boxes and 26 in a freezer and a state oversight agency has closed the west side funeral home.
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the funeral home also failed to certify and file death certificates "for the dead bodies of the fetuses and infants for whom they assumed custody with the appropriate governmental authority within 72 hours of death".
Perry Funeral Home is the second such facility in Detroit where fetuses have been found.
No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said.
She added: "When I got them I opened them up and instantly told my sister and mum - "this not her you know, I don't think this is my daughter". The investigation into that felony charge - failure to supervise the final disposition of a dead body within 180 days - will involve an interview with Raymond Cantrell II, who owned the former funeral home, Craig said. He said he was "stunned" by the discovery, which came a week after the remains of 11 infants were discovered in a ceiling at Detroit's defunct Cantrell Funeral Home. Authorities discovered the remains after an anonymous letter arrived in the offices of state regulators in Lansing.
Craig said a criminal investigation into the funeral home is ongoing.
"I'm really wondering where all the rest of them are", Cieslak said on Friday.
Mr Craig says law enforcement is considering forming a task force to target improper storage of remains and fraud.