An abortion doctor’s wife was unaware of what her late husband had been storing in their garage for years, because she hadn’t set foot in the garage in 25 years, her attorney said.
More than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains were found in Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s house in Crete Township, south of Chicago, and about 10 miles from the Indiana border.
“She had no idea they were there, no clue,” said Kevin Bolger, who is representing the doctor’s widow Sherry. “She doesn’t know where they came from.”
Klopfer, who provided gynecological care, abortions and vasectomies, practiced in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend before his medical license was suspended in 2016.
The attorney said Klopfer’s widow had ordered dumpsters shortly after his Sept. 3 death and was in the process of cleaning out the garage when she and her sister found the remains. They were sealed in plastic bags placed inside cardboard boxes.
“You couldn’t even get in the garage, let alone park a vehicle inside,” Bolger said. “There were seven cars on the property for years sitting outside.”
Bolger said his client has been cooperating “150%” with Will County authorities, and they in turn, have been cooperating with his client. He said police believe the remains are from the Indiana abortion clinics, but he reiterated, he doesn’t know that for a fact. He said he doesn’t know if anything illegal occurred.
“They understand the shock here of finding all of this and not knowing what’s going on,” he said of Will County authorities.
The couple had no children, the attorney said.
Neighbors on Tuesday described Klopfer as a hoarder, packing his garage so tight with boxes that “you couldn’t fit an ant in the garage,” but they had no idea the extent of it.
Since the discovery of fetal remains at Klopfer’s property, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul have agreed to work together on an investigation, noting the incident “shocks the conscience.”
A doctor who once worked as a backup physician for Klopfer told Shaw Media the abortion doctor was “deranged” and a “psychopath.”
Nothing has been shared as of yet as to why the doctor was keeping the remains. A 2016 Indiana law requires aborted fetal remains be cremated or buried, but most of the doctor’s practice was before that time.
In a 2016 Medical Licensing Board of Indiana finding, Klopfer terminated the pregnancy of a 10-year-old who reported to him she had been raped, but Klopfer did not report the child’s claim to any law enforcement agency.