Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, Detroit police conducted a series of raids on funeral homes and discovered a situation comprised of something out of a horror film. Detroit police have since launched a “wide probe” into other funeral homes after finding dozens of infant corpses hidden inside at least two of them.
“This is deeply disturbing,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference, hours after police raided Perry Funeral Home and allegedly seized 63 fetus or infant bodies, more than half of which were packed together in unrefrigerated boxes, according to the WaPo. “We want to understand the reasons: Is it financial gain? If so, how? Who knew or who else is involved in this?”
The raid on the Perry Funeral home comes just one week after police raided another funeral home in which the bodies of 11 infants were found hidden behind a false ceiling designed to deceive authorities.
“I would like to look at you and tell you I hope … that this is isolated to these two. I can’t say that with certainty,” Craig told reporters, shortly after leaving a meeting with FBI and state investigators. “This is much larger than we might know.”
Police are remaining tight-lipped on the investigation and declined to speculate as to why the bodies of so many infants are being found in these funeral homes. Craig did explain that a single anonymous tip has led to the massive and horrifying discovery.
One would think that the funeral homes equipped with cremation systems would not get backlogged with a cache of bodies, so the impetus behind hiding infant corpses—literally in the walls—remains a disturbing mystery.