GARY, Ind. -- A spokesman for the Gary funeral home where the remains of two fetuses were found in a ceiling says the fetuses were unclaimed at the funeral home for nearly 20 years and were properly stored and secured until September of last year, when an employee removed the remains from a locked cabinet and took them to the ceiling area.
That employee has since been fired and the person's alleged motive is not known.
Spokesman Sean Howard told reporters at a news conference this morning that the remains were in the ceiling at the Smith, Bizzell and Warner and Son Funeral Home for less than one day.
The Lake County Coroner was called to the funeral home Wednesday to take possession of the remains. Autopsies are being performed today.
One fetus was a boy with a hospital bracelet indicating he was born March 23, 1996. There was no identification with the other fetus. It is suspected they were either stillborn or died soon after birth.
The coroner's office is now tracking records at Methodist Hospital, as well as Mercy Hospital in Gary which closed during the 1990s.
No foul play is suspected in the babies’ deaths and the funeral home operators are cooperating with police in the investigation.