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Ohio AG: Nearly 7,000 rape kits tested for DNA matches

Published:Friday | April 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Detective Sergeant William Surface speaks about a backlog of sexual assault kits during a recent press conference at the Flint Police Department.


Ohio's attorney general said the state's crime lab has tested nearly 7,000 rape kits as it seeks DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office says the processing of previously untested rape kits has led to 2,584 DNA matches in a criminal database. In Cuyahoga County alone, the DNA testing has led to more than 270 indictments.

The testing initiative announced by DeWine in 2011 offers free DNA testing to law-enforcement agencies with untested rape kits.

Under the initiative, 156 law enforcement agencies have submitted more than 9,300 rape kits for testing.

Information on any match is sent back to the appropriate law enforcement agency to see if it can advance an investigation.