CHICAGO (CBS) — An abortion doctor who died last week left behind a startling discovery: more than 2,200 fetal remains found on his property in Will County.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, 79, died Sept. 3.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way; Heavy Bands Could Dump 1 To 1.5 Inches Per Hour
Thursday an attorney representing Klopfer’s family contacted the Will County Coroner’s Office asking them to remove the 2,246 medically preserved remains.
“I was the one that instructed the attorneys who are handling the family’s estate to report it to the coroner’s office,” said attorney Kevin Bolger.
Bolger is a criminal defense lawyer representing Klopfer’s wife. He tells CBS 2 the family never knew about the remains until earlier this week.
“No one has any answers,” he said.
He said they don’t know why the remains were being kept or where they were stored.READ MORE: Two Men Shot Dead In Car In Ravenswood; Car Goes On To Crash And Catch Fire
“I’ve been doing this for over 40 years, and before that I was a Chicago policeman,” he said. “I thought I saw it all, and obviously I didn’t.”
Authorities said there is no evidence medical procedures were ever performed on the deceased doctor’s Crete property.
At one time, Klopfer had three abortion clinics in Indiana, including one in Gary.
His license was suspended in 2015 after accusations that he failed to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.
His wife’s attorney told CBS 2 loved ones are cooperating with investigators.MORE NEWS: Bears Hire Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus As New Head Coach
“They’re coping,” he said. “That’s about the best you can do under these circumstances.”