More than 2,400 fetal remains found last year in a doctor’s garage in Illinois were buried in Indiana on Wednesday.
The said garage was owned by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who operated three abortion clinics in South Bend, Indiana before his license was suspended in 2016.
After his death on September 3 last year, his family found medically preserved remains at his home in Will County while the go through his belongings.
Investigators later found about 2,246 fetal remains in the doctor’s garage, and 165 more in the trunk of his vehicle.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill spoke at the burial at a cemetery in South Bend and then offered an update about the investigation.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer is said to have senselessly hoarded the unborn babies after the abortions he performed from 2000 to 2003.
The remains were found inside small, sealed plastic bags, which contained a chemical used for preserving biological material.
The bags were in boxes stacked together with other miscellaneous storage boxes.
They also found abandoned medical records in Klopfer’s abortion clinics, and evidence that the doctor did not follow Indiana law for disposal of the fetal remains and filing proper paperwork.
Indiana is one of the few states, which mandated burial or cremation of fetal remains after abortions.
During Dr. Klopfer’s career, clinics could turn over fetal remains to processors for proper disposal of human tissues and other medical material by incineration.
The sheriff’s office said that they did not find evidence that the doctor conducted any medical procedures at his property.
County officials and investigators did not provide details about how the remains were identified as from almost two decades ago.
The fetal remains were handed over to the Indiana district attorney after they were found last year.
Klopfer’s career was plagued with a number of complaints including an abortion performed on a 10-year old girl who was raped by her uncle, yet he did not notify law enforcement about it.
His license was suspended in 2016, and authorities cited poor post-op monitoring every after operation.