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WILL COUNTY, Illinois, September 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration says it supports a federal investigation into the discovery of the bodies of 2,246 aborted babies at the home of notorious and recently deceased abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, as the attorneys general of Indiana and Illinois confirm an investigation of their own.

Klopfer died on September 3 at age 75. For decades he was an abortionist at The Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana until his medical license was suspended in 2016 for a history of violations including failure to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that a Klopfer family attorney had notified the county coroner’s office “that while going through the doctor’s personal property they discovered what appeared to be fetal remains and requested that the Will County Coroner’s Office provide proper removal.” Authorities subsequently found and removed “2,246 medically preserved fetal remains.”

The Sheriff’s Office does not currently believe Klopfer committed abortions on the property, suggesting the bodies may have been transferred from Indiana to Illinois, potentially putting elements of the case under federal jurisdiction.

“Murdering thousands of innocent babies is one thing, but preserving and hoarding their bodies like trophies is a new level of sickness,” White House Deputy Communications Director Judd Deere told RealClearPolitics. “A full investigation is needed to determine whether crimes were committed and if anyone else was involved.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who was previously the Republican Governor of Indiana, echoed the call in a pair of tweets, though the Trump administration has not yet indicated that the Justice Department has been directed to open such an investigation.

In a press release, St. Joseph County Right to Life called on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and local prosecutors to perform a “full investigation of all Klopfer’s properties to ensure that all the remains of aborted children are found and receive a proper burial that reflects the true dignity of the human body,” a call Hill and his Illinois counterpart, Kwame Raoul, appear to be heeding according to the Washington Times.

“The grisly discovery of these fetal remains at the Illinois home of a deceased abortion doctor shocks the conscience,” Hill said. “Further, we have reason to believe there is an Indiana connection to these remains.” Hill’s office will be coordinating the investigation, while Raoul’s will be helping Indiana contact Illinois authorities.

“We have a lot of work to do to make sure this never, ever happens again,” Indiana Republican state Sen. Liz Brown said.

The scandal also has potential ramifications for pro-abortion Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who as mayor of South Bend, Indiana defended other scandal-plagued abortion centers in the area. Buttigieg has yet to comment on the story, and refused to respond to inquiries from RealClearPolitics.