State forms team to address Michigan funeral home problems

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has formed a team to address allegations of improper body disposal, prepaid funeral violations and other complaints involving funeral homes across the state.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says Thursday that the team will be made up of multiple agencies. The announcement follows an increase in complaints seen by mortuary science regulators. Three new regulators also are being added, bringing the total to seven.

One closed Detroit funeral home is being investigated by police after 10 mummified fetuses and a full-term infant were found hidden in a ceiling. Another funeral home is under investigation after authorities found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ mortuary science program oversees 751 funeral homes and more than 2,100 mortuary science licenses in Michigan.

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