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Police: More fetal remains found in abortion doctor Klopfer's car

Remains found in trunk of Mercedes Benz, police say

More fetal remains linked to deceased abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer have been discovered, according to police.

The most recent discovery of fetal remains was in the gated lot of a business in Dolton, said Deputy Chief Dan Jungles of the Will County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators were aware Klopfer rented space at the business to store eight Mercedes Benz vehicles and met with his family Wednesday to search the vehicles, Jungles said. Remains were found in the trunk of one of the cars, he said.

There appeared to be the remains of at least 50 fetuses at the Dolton site, Jungles said.

"It's hard to determine right now," Jungles said. "The more you handle these items, the more stirred up they get," he said, adding, the cardboard boxes holding the remains were "disintegrating."

Jungles said his office would work with officials in Indiana to make an official count.

Klopfer, a resident of Crete Township, performed abortions from 1978 until the 2010s in Indiana at clinics in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary. His license to practice in Indiana was suspended in 2016 after it was discovered that he had performed abortions on underage girls – including a 10-year-old who told him she had been raped – and failed to report it to authorities.

He died of natural causes Sept. 3.

Days after his death, his family found more than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains stored in cardboard boxes in the garage of his Crete Township home. An attorney for Klopfer's family then informed the Will County Sheriff's office of the grisly discovery.

No one has been charged with any crime in connection with the discovered remains. Klopfer's wife said through her attorney that she had not been inside the garage at the home she shared with him in decades.

Indiana authorities searched the buildings where Klopfer had performed abortions in Indiana, but said they discovered no other remains there.

The Will County Coroner's Office took possession of the remains. On Oct. 3, they were transported to the St. Joseph County, Indiana, coroner’s office for “safekeeping,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said last week.

Hill said they will be “given the decency of a burial that they deserve.”

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