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Indiana AG discusses investigation of fetal remains found at Klopfer house

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s attorney general Curtis Hill held a press conference on Friday morning to discuss the more than 2,000 fetal remains found at the Illinois home of now-deceased abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer.

“Our preliminary finding, based on our own review of the information and records secured in Illinois, is that all 2,246 fetal remains do come from the state of Indiana,” Hill said.

Dr. Klopfer previously operated an abortion clinic in South Bend until 2015 when its license was revoked by the state, in addition to clinics that were located in Fort Wayne and Gary. Hill says that prosecuting attorneys in all three areas have been involved in the investigation.

Dr. Klopfer's medical license was suspended in August of 2016. 

After Dr. Klopfer's death on September 3, family discovered the fetal remains in his Illinois garage.

On Thursday, a series of operations across northern Indiana were conducted to search for additional remains at Dr. Klopfer’s former Indiana clinics. No additional fetal remains were located, Hill said.

The fetal remains found in Illinois are from 2000, 2001, and 2002, according to Hill.

The remains are currently in the state of Illinois with the Will County Coroner’s Office but will be transferred to Indiana.

Hill says that his office looking for information relating to the involvement of any other licensed professionals with the transportation of the fetal remains.

Thousands of patient medical records were found during the searches at both Klopfer's home in Illinois and former clinics, Hill said. 

Concerns over the transportation of bio-hazardous material across state lines and the discarding or abandonment of medical records are both under investigation, according to Hill.

“Foremost, we want to know what happened here,” Hill said.

Dr. Klopfer’s family has been cooperative in the investigation in both Indiana and Illinois, according to Hill.

For anyone who wants to contact Hill’s office regarding the discovered fetal remains, call 317-234-6663 or email questions@atg.in.gov

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