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SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Though the name of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer may live on in infamy, he is dead and cannot be charged with improperly disposing of over 2,400 fetuses that were found on his properties. That conclusion came from Indiana Atty. Gen. Curtis Hill, who ended his investigation.

Hill will soon leave office and said in his final report on the matter that he believes no one assisted Klopfer, and so no criminal action will be taken.

Klopfer ran clinics in South Bend, Ft. Wayne and Gary, where he performed abortions since 1979.

When he died in 2019, his family discovered over 2,000 fetuses in Styrofoam coolers and in medical waste bags on his property, in a garage next to his home, in Illinois. The fetuses, in various states of decay, had come from his practices in Indiana.

But, identifying them was impossible.

Searches of Klopfer’s properties in Indiana, the sites of the now-closed clinics, yeilded little for authorities to work with.

Investigators were able to determine that the 2,411 fetuses were preserved from about 2000 to 2003. But, they still don’t know why.

“This horrific ordeal is exactly why we need strong laws to ensure the dignified disposition of fetal remains,” said Hill.

The remains were buried in South Bend.