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Fetal remains found at late abortion doctor's Illinois home returned to Indiana

Posted at 7:59 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 19:59:34-04

SOUTH BEND — More than 2,200 sets of preserved fetal remains found in the Illinois garage of a former Indiana abortion doctor have been returned to Indiana.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said the fetal remains found last month on the property of the late abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer were transferred this week to the St. Joseph County, Ind. coroner's office for safekeeping.

Hill said at a news conference in South Bend that investigators determined the remains came from abortions performed in Indiana from 2000 to 2002.

Police are still investigating where the abortions occurred, and Hill discussed what will happen with the remains.

"Ultimately, these remains will be humanely buried or cremated," Hill said. "That's our objective, but we'll take sufficient time to make sure that we provide whatever we have to provide under the law and under good sense"

Klopfer performed abortions at clinics in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary. Relatives cleaning out his garage after his Sept. 3 death found the remains.