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Wednesday, October 09, 2019 7:00 pm

More fetal remains found in trunk of vehicle

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Authorities discovered more fetal remains Wednesday that could be from Indiana abortions in the trunk of a vehicle, Attorney General Curtis Hill said.

Members of the Will County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois discovered the remains while searching several vehicles owned by deceased abortion Dr. Ulrich Klopfer and kept at a business property in Dolton, Illinois. Klopfer had stored the vehicles in an outdoor gated lot for more than six years, according to a news release.

At the property, investigators found a total of eight cars belonging to Klopfer. In the trunk of one late 1990s Mercedes Benz, they found five plastic bags and one box containing fetal remains.

Investigators from Hill’s office went to Illinois to participate in the probe. He believes the remains are from Indiana but is still waiting for confirmation.

Last month, remains of more than 2,200 aborted fetuses were found in Klopfer’s garage in cardboard boxes following his death in Will County. He performed abortions over several decades in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary.

The initial remains were preserved from abortions performed in Indiana from 2000-2002. They have all been returned to Indiana while Hill’s office tries to formalize a process going forward. Women who might be connected to the remains can contact the office.

"The goal is to provide a final resting place in Indiana," Hill said.

Klopfer's Indiana medical license was indefinitely suspended in 2016 for failing to properly file paperwork regarding abortions. In several cases, he performed abortions on juveniles without filing paperwork within three days as required by law.

Hill said if Klopfer were alive there might be charges related to transporting biohazardous materials; or a possible licensing action. He noted his office is investigating to see if other licensed professionals were involved.

"We grieve for the children whose small bodies were just discovered," said Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger. "We continue to grieve for the 2,246 children who were already found on Sept 12.

“We recognize the humanity of these children's lives and we demand justice.”

nkelly@jg.net