State reinstates suspended license of Detroit funeral home

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A Detroit funeral home has been shut down after inspections found decomposing embalmed bodies and other violations.

The state's Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office says Wednesday that the mortuary science license of Cantrell Funeral Home has been summarily suspended.

Officials say violations include improperly stored bodies covered in what appeared to be mold. The establishment also was operating with an expired prepaid funeral and cemetery sales registration.

Owner Raymond Cantrell told reporters that some bodies were stored in the garage to keep the smell outside the funeral home.

A funeral home in Flint was closed in July after maggots were found in a garage where unrefrigerated bodies were stored. A Petoskey funeral home's license was suspended in March after inspectors found bodies in an unrefrigerated garage and other violations.

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