Police in the United States have removed the remains of 63 foetuses from a Detroit, Michigan, funeral home in a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.
Detroit police raided Perry Funeral Home Friday after learning about a civil suit against the business for mishandling infant remains.
Jason Moon of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says some of the bodies had dates of death in 2015.
In total, officials said they found 36 fetuses stored in boxes and 27 found in unrefrigerated freezers, according to local station WDIV.
"I've never seen anything (like this) in my 41 and a half years", James Craig, Detroit's police chief, said.
"If our class action gets certified, we will make every effort to identify every single one of those fetuses" that had been improperly handled by Perry, and to track down the parents, Parks said.
LARA now has an open investigation into Perry Funeral Home and has notified the Michigan Attorney General's office and the Detroit Police Department of its findings and regulatory actions.
A person can be found guilty of a felony under Michigan Law for "failure to or refusal to supervise the final disposition of a dead human body" more than 180 days after a funeral, ABC News reports.
They also raided the home of the owner, Anetta Cantrell, the widow of the deceased founder of the Detroit home with the same name.
Arrangements were being made to relocate a service previously scheduled at the funeral home.
"It's because of the first story involving Cantrell that the second issue emerged", Craig said.
The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the MI city. 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.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said it is working to identify the Cantrell Funeral Home remains and notify any families.
"I'm really wondering where all the rest of them are", Cieslak said Friday.