WILL COUNTY, Ill. (WNDU) – Additional fetal remains believed to be linked to abortions performed in Indiana were found in Illinois in the trunk of a car belonging to a late doctor who operated an abortion clinic in South Bend.
Ulrich George Klopfer
The discovery of more remains announced Wednesday came after more than 2,200 fetal remains were found on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer last month. Illinois authorities were notified that his family members found the original set of remains on Sept. 12.
The remains discovered Wednesday were found when Will County, Illinois, sheriff's deputies were searching vehicles owned by Klopfer. The vehicles were on a business property in Dolton, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago.
They were discovered in five plastic bags and one box in the trunk of a 1990s Mercedes-Benz.
Klopfer reportedly stored the vehicles in a gated lot for more than six years, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office.
"We anticipate simply adding these remains into the protocol we have already set up for dealing with these disturbing circumstances,” Indiana Attorney General Hill said. “My office will continue to keep the public informed about the progress of this investigation, and we remain committed to ensuring that these unborn children receive a respectful final disposition here in Indiana.”
The original remains family members found in September were discovered at Klopfer's home in Will County, which is southwest of Chicago.
Those original 2,246 remains of aborted fetuses were transferred to St. Joseph County at the beginning of October.
In addition to operating an abortion clinic in South Bend, Klopfer also had clinics in Gary and Fort Wayne.
"From our standpoint, this is a real opportunity for folks on both sides of the issue; the discovery of these remains is not a pro-life, pro-abortion issue," Hill told 16 News Now's sister station WTHR. "It's an issue of recognizing that we have to have a sound procedure to address fetal remains, aborted fetal remains in a dignified and humane manner. Folks who I've talked to on both sides of the issue agree. We don't want to see fetal remains discarded like so much trash on the side of the road."
Anyone who may have connections to the fetal remains who wants to inquire about them may email email@example.com or call 317-234-6663.
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