Thousands of fetal remains discovered on property owned by the late former Indiana abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer will be memorialized at a graveside service in South Bend on Wednesday.
More than 70 boxes containing 2,200 preserved fetal remains were discovered in September in the notorious former doctor’s Illinois home. An additional 165 sets of fetal remains were found inside the trunk of a car owned by Klopfer located in the Chicago area. Subsequent searches conducted by investigators at three shuttered Indiana abortion clinics that Klopfer operated revealed no additional sets of fetal remains, but thousands of patient medical records were found at the closed clinics located in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne.
The discovered fetal remains, determined have to come from abortions believed to have taken place between 2000 and 2003, were returned to Indiana to the St. Joseph County coroner’s office in October. A preliminary report released in December by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill concluded that the remains cannot be identified due to shoddy record-keeping and the degraded condition of the remains.
A burial service for the fetal remains will be held at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday at Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Funeral Home, 61430 U.S 31 South, South Bend. Hill is set to offer remarks during the memorial service.
The Indiana attorney general’s office is working with its Illinois counterpart to investigate the remains and has previously said it expects to release a final report on the fetal remains in the coming months.