Authorities in Illinois have reportedly discovered more than 150 fetuses in the trunk of a car that belonged to a late Indiana doctor who performed legal abortions until his medical license was suspended in 2015.
WRTV reported that Will County police made the discovery on Wednesday while inspecting properties and cars owned by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, 79, who died in early September. The batch of 165 fetal remains was reportedly found in the doctor’s late 1990s Mercedes Benz, which was located on his property.
Shortly after his death, Klopfer’s relatives reportedly unearthed thousands of fetuses while sifting through belongings at his Will County property. The latest discovery brings the total of fetuses to 2,441.
Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board suspended Klopfer’s medical license in 2015 after identifying various violations — including failing to ensure that qualified staff was on hand when patients were administered medications before and during abortions.
Attorney General Curtis Hill said earlier this month that he oversaw the transport of 2,246 aborted fetuses to Indiana. WRTV reported that authorities will continue to comb through Klopfer’s property and belongings.
Hill alleged that the aborted fetuses were likely linked to abortions the late doctor performed from 2000 to 2002 at Indiana clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary, and South Bend. He estimated that the latest batch was from procedures performed in 2002.
Hill said Will County officers inspected eight cars that were stored on an outdoor lot at Klopfer’s business property in Dolton, Illinois, for more than six years.
“This is uncharted territory for all of us,” Hill said, per WSBT. “We are following the same protocol for these additional 165 fetal remains that we have already established. We remain committed to ensuring that all these unborn children receive a respectful final disposition here in Indiana.”
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