The Will County, Illinois sheriff, coroner and state's attorney discussed the more than 2,000 fetal remains found last week at the property of an IN abortion Dr. Ulrich Klopfer.
It wasn't clear on Thursday what would happen to the remains, but investigators say women who were Klopfer's patients should reach out to the IN attorney general's office if they want to know more. "They're still investigating, still looking, but there does not appear to be any fetal remains here", St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said.
State's Attorney James Glasgow says Will County authorities will cooperate with IN investigators but it appears that the only laws that Klopfer may have violated were on disposal of fetal remains and failing to do required paperwork. He was accused of waiting months to report an abortion he provided to a 13-year-old girl in South Bend.
"We collectively ask that the media and the public not pass judgment on the Klopfer family, who made this startling discovery and who have been cooperating fully throughout this entire process", Kelly said, adding that neither the family nor the doctor's widow knew why he had the fetuses hidden in the garage. "It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime things". "I also offer any assistance, including the use of our Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, for the proper and dignified burial of the remains of these unborn children". No fetal remains were found at that location. He also said that he hopes it is not used to further restrict abortion rights.
Two separate news conferences were held Thursday regarding the investigation into a late abortion doctor's former clinic - one in front of the former Women's Pavilion in South Bend and the other in IL with Will County authorities.
A cadaver dog assisted in a search of the vacant property on Lincolnway.
Investigators searched the buildings and other properties Thursday, and Hill says no additional sets of fetal remains were found. The remains will be transferred to the custody of the IN attorney general.
"There are a number of boxes of medical records so the AG's office will continue with that investigation", he said. According to a complaint filed by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, Klopfer worked in clinics in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne from 2012 to 2015.
Klopfer died on September 3rd at the age of 75. They said they want to know more about how this happened and whether anyone still alive is responsible.
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, who practiced in South Bend, Ind., moved to Will County, Ill. after his medical license was suspended resulting from a long history of violations.
The couple had no children, the attorney said.