GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police say the remains of two babies have been found in small boxes above ceiling tiles in a northwestern Indiana funeral home.
Gary police and the Lake County coroner on Wednesday removed the bodies of a stillborn and a newborn from Smith, Bizzell and Warner Funeral Home. Investigators said the bodies appeared mummified or skeletonized. One had a tag indicating the baby was delivered March 3, 1996.
Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey says the funeral home owners, Concord Family Services Inc., contacted her after finding the remains.
Concord vice president Sharon Vaughn says the home's previous owners left the bodies. Concord bought the home in 2005.
Gary police Sgt. Thomas Decanter says a criminal investigation has been opened. Autopsies are scheduled Friday.
Gary is located 35 miles southeast of Chicago.