Remains of two fetuses found in ceiling of Indiana funeral home

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 05, 2015 11:27 AM

(Reuters) - Gary, Indiana, authorities on Thursday were investigating the origin of two fetuses that were hidden 20 years ago above the ceiling of a local funeral home.

One of the fetuses was identified as male and had a hospital tag on. The other one is unidentified, the Lake County Coroner's Office said.

The remains were found this week in the ceiling of the Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home in Gary, in northwest Indiana, but were there before the current owners purchased the funeral home in 2005, the coroner's office said.

Coronor's office investigator Scott Sefton said a pathologist would examine the fetuses on Thursday but may not be able to determine gender because they are very small.

"The bottom line is we are working together with the funeral home to give dignity and respect to these individuals so they can get a proper burial. This office is going to start the process of trying to find out where or who are the parents," Sefton said.

Gary police had opened a criminal investigation, local media reported.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago)