INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said his office is taking over the investigation into more than 2,200 preserved fetal remains found in the garage of a former Indiana abortion doctor.
Hill said the abortions were performed by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in three clinics in the state. The remains were found with medical records attached. Hill said the abandonment of the records raises concerns about the protection of confidential information.
The remains are still in Illinois and will stay there until Indiana has a proper place for them where they can be "treated with dignity and respect."
"He was problematic in life and continues to present problems in death," Hill said of Klopfer during Friday's news conference. "His family has been cooperative in this process. That’s important to clarify."
As for the investigation, Hill said it's in its early stages.
"There are lots of unanswered questions--why, how, what. We’re going to continue to investigate and [find out] what the purpose was," Hill said.
Klopfer died Sept. 3. He had performed abortions at clinics in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary. Last week, his widow and her sister were cleaning out the garage at his Illinois home when they stumbled onto the fetal remains.
Will County officials said Thursday that the 2,246 preserved fetal remains are believed to have come from Klopfer's Indiana abortion clinics. Hill confirmed that was the case during his Friday news conference.
For those concerned about whether the fetal remains are part of their history, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-234-6663.