Fetus Remains Found in Owosso's Mowen Funeral Home

Posted at 5:24 AM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 05:37:03-04

The remains of two fetuses have been found in a vacant Mid-Michigan funeral home.

The skeletal remains were found Monday at the former Mowen funeral home in Owosso.

The remains were found by asbestos contractors working in the building.

Authorities say the workers discovered a box in a second-floor apartment that contained two fetuses.

Markings indicated the box was about more than 50 years old but investigators are still not sure how long the fetuses were inside.

The Shiawassee County medical examiner determined that both fetuses were about 20 weeks old when they died.

Their identities are still unknown.

The building has been vacant for two years, and contractors have been working to get it ready for demolition.

News 10's Alani Letang talked with the former manager of the funeral home.

"Just a total shock, surprised to have that come up. Obviously, 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," said Rick Mowen, former owner at Mowen Funeral Home.

The Sparrow Hospital Medical Examiner in Lansing is assisting with the investigation.

Dozens of fetuses and infant corpses have been found in two different Detroit funeral homes recently.

We will keep you updated on the investigation.