Decades-old fetal remains have been found at another Michigan funeral home — the third such grim discovery in the state in less than two weeks.
An asbestos-removal crew on Monday discovered the remains of two fetuses at the former Mowen Funeral Home in Owosso, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.
Police say the Owosso remains were found in a casket inside a wooden box in a closet. Markings on the box indicate it is more than 50 years old.
The Mowen Funeral Home has been closed two years.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during Friday's raid at the Perry Funeral Home. He said he was "stunned" by the discovery.
"At this point there is no connection," Craig said of the two incidents during a Friday press conference. He added later that, “I haven’t seen anything like this is in my 41-and-a-half years. Ever.”
Craig noted that the similarities in the Cantrell home are what prompted the investigation into the Perry Funeral Home.
Meanwhile, Rachel Brown and Larry Davis filed a lawsuit against the Perry Funeral Home after alleging that the business had placed the remains of stillborn and live-born babies in storage at Wayne State University’s School of Mortuary Science morgue for years without telling parents, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Wayne State released a statement about the situation on Saturday.
"Wayne State has provided Perry Funeral Home with temporary, secure shelter for remains over the years. However, it has never been our responsibility for arrangements or final disposition of the remains. Wayne State has had no role in either retrieving remains from or delivering remains to that or any other funeral home. This tragic situation is not a university issue," the institution said, as quoted by the Detroit Free Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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