UPDATE: Thursday the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office released a statement to emphasize that no fetal remains associated with Dr. Ulrich Klopfer have been found locally. Here is the statement:
St. Joseph County – Yesterday, authorities announced that additional fetal remains werelocated in a vehicle (belonging to Dr. Klopfer) in Illinois. In order to dispel concerns or rumorsconcerning St. Joseph County, this Office advises that no fetal remains have been found inSt. Joseph County. All buildings, properties, and vehicles affiliated with the Women’s Pavilionor Dr. Kloper have been searched. The Indiana Office of the Attorney General, in thefurtherance of its ongoing investigation, has continued its presence off and on at theWomen’s Pavilion. However, no fetal remains have been recovered in St. Joseph County.This matter remains an Attorney General investigation.
Additional fetal remains were found Wednesday on properties owned by the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer who performed abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne.
According to a release issued by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, the remains were found in a Mercedes. Here is a portion of Curtis Hill's statement:
"...Members of the Will County (Illinois) Sheriff's Office discovered the remains while searching several vehicles owned by Dr. Klopfer and kept at a business property in Dolton, Illinois. Dr. Klopfer had stored the vehicles in an outdoor gated lot for more than six years, according to information gathered by the Will County Sheriff's Office, which made arrangements with the property owner and Klopfer family to search the vehicles. At the property, investigators found a total of eight cars belonging to Dr. Klopfer. In the trunk of one late 1990's Mercedes Benz, they found five plastic bags and one box containing fetal remains."
Illinois authorities found more than 2,000 medically preserved remains in September.
Klopfer practiced – and performed abortions – at clinics in Indiana for years. His license was suspended in 2016 in part because he failed to report in a timely manner abortions he performed on two girls under the age of 14.
An investigation by the attorney general’s office and Illinois authorities determined the initial remains were from Indiana.
The attorney general’s office said it expects to add the newly discovered remains to its investigation. It seeks to determine if other people were involved in transporting the fetal remains to Illinois – and if that violated any medical licensing standards or state laws.