A local woman contacted emergency services after finding one body on Thursday afternoon at the apartment in Wallenfels, police said. Police then found several more bodies in a room at the apartment.
Police and prosecutors believe there were eight dead babies wrapped in towels and plastic bags.
“Forensic examinations have been carried out on the infant bodies since the morning,” a police statement said, adding that the bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition.
The bodies are being examined by forensic experts, but the examinations “will take some time in view of their poor condition, in some cases”, and results should not be expected before the beginning of next week, it added. Authorities said forensic tests will also have to establish whether there are more bodies, news agency DPA reported.
Authorities so far have been unable to locate the property’s former resident, a 45-year-old woman, but are questioning several other people, police said.
They added that she is being sought as the possible mother of the infants but would not say whether she is a suspect, DPA reported.
It was unclear how long the babies had been dead or who, if anyone, was living there at the time of the discovery. Wallenfels has nearly 3,000 inhabitants and is located in a rural area of northeastern Bavaria.
Police said of the woman: “She is sought at least as the possible mother of the children,” but would not say if the woman is being considered a suspect.
Newspaper Bild reported that the female former resident of the apartment had lived there with her husband for 18 years, and that the couple had three children.
However, the woman also had four other children from other relationships, it said, adding that she had sought to hide her frequent pregnancies.
It also quoted an unnamed source saying that the woman had four miscarriages. She moved out in September following an argument with her husband, Bild said, adding that while inebriated, she told him that she had hidden bodies of babies in their home.
The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung quoted a neighbour who described her as a “nice person” and that she always cared very well for her children.