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Yet Another Grim Discovery in 3rd Michigan Funeral Home

Remains of 2 fetuses found in Owosso
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2018 12:52 PM CDT
In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo, the exterior of the former Scarlett's Funeral Home and later Mowen Funeral Home sits in Owosso, Mich.   (James McKinnie/Argus-Press Photo via AP)

(Newser) – 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, reports the AP. 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, though it's not clear when the remains were put in the box, reports the Detroit News. The Shiawassee County medical examiner estimated the fetuses' age as 20 weeks gestation.

The Mowen Funeral Home has been closed two years, and former owner Rick Mowen had this to say to WILX: "With what's been going on locally, we were just talking about that at work just this morning. And to get a phone call that this was found here, I had no idea, and just total shock and surprised." On Friday, police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from Perry Funeral Home in Detroit. The remains of 10 fetuses and a still-born infant were found Oct. 12 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit. (A letter led to a search at one of the funeral homes.)


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