Indiana authorities raided two shuttered abortion facilities this past week after finding the bodies of more than 2,200 aborted babies in former abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s home.
Last week, police said 2,246 medically preserved remains of aborted babies were found in Klopfer’s home in Illinois. Klopfer’s family reported finding the remains shortly after he died Sept. 3. Indiana and Illinois authorities have been working together to investigate the gruesome discovery, and they suspected there may be more aborted babies unaccounted for at his old abortion businesses.
Authorities conducted raids on Klopfer’s former abortion facilities in Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana. On Thursday morning, they announced that they did not find any fetal remains at the South Bend facility, ABC 57 reports.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said their investigation is on-going, but “based on what we have seen so far there are no fetal remains here.”
Details still are emerging about the Thursday raid on his former Fort Wayne facility.
According to the Kane County Chronicle, neighbors reported seeing odd behavior from Klopfer recently at the Fort Wayne facility, which closed in 2013.
Cathie Humbarger, executive director for the Allen County Right to Life, which has a building next door to the former clinic, said Klopfer regularly spent the night in the basement of his Inwood Drive office, even in the years since it was shut down.
Thomas Bastress, who owns a Napa Auto Parts store next door to Klopfer’s shuttered clinic, said it was a matter of time before police raided the late doctor’s office.
“I was wondering when this all was going to come down,” Bastress said. “…He was a creepy guy.”
Bastress and his wife have only managed the building next to Klopfer’s clinic for about 1 1/2 years, but saw him regularly.
“He’d come over here every Thursday, and the last two Thursday’s he wasn’t here and we knew something was up,” Bastress said.
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CBS Chicago reports authorities said the medically preserved fetal remains in Klopfer’s home were bagged, boxed and stacked in the garage. He lived in Illinois, near the state border of Indiana.
On Thursday, Illinois authorities estimated that the babies’ bodies are from abortions conducted between 2000 and 2002 in Indiana, the AP reports. They said they plan to send the remains to authorities in Indiana for further investigation.
Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow said Klopfer may have violated Indiana state laws about the disposal of fetal remains. However, authorities do not believe he was doing illegal abortions in his home. Rather, it appears he was aborting unborn babies in Indiana and then bringing their remains home with him to Illinois.
Authorities also said they cannot share any personal details about the remains of the aborted babies because of HIPPA regulations, but women who had abortions at Klopfer’s abortion facilities may contact the Indiana Attorney General’s Office for more information.
Klopfer ran an abortion business in South Bend, Indiana, for decades until the state revoked his license in 2015 for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations. He also worked at now-closed abortion facilities in Gary and Fort Wayne.