Remains of 11 babies found inside cardboard boxes of former US funeral home

The bodies of 11 babies have been found inside cardboard boxes, hidden in a false drop-down ceiling of a former funeral home in the US.

According to 9NEWS, Detroit Police detective lieutenant Brian Bowser told reporters the grim discovery was made yesterday at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit by authorities after LARA (Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) received an anonymous tip-off letter.

"They responded here, they were met by the current owner, who admitted them entry, they went to the location described in the letter and located a couple boxes, one box and one small casket.

"They took the boxes and the casket down and discovered 11 remains of infants (and) still-borns and obviously we're here doing a follow up investigation."

It is understood the funeral home had been closed six months ago and is in the process of being converted into a community centre.

According to police they do have some of the infants' names and are attempting to locate family members.

LARA shut down Cantrell Funeral Home in April for multiple violations including the improper storage of embalmed bodies, two of which were in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Caskets, ashes urns, plaques, coffin art.