Ohio crime lab gets about 3,200 untested rape kits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state attorney general’s office has received nearly 3,200 untested rape kits from Ohio law enforcement agencies and found hundreds of matches in testing those kits for DNA.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that Ohio’s crime lab has tested more than 1,100 of those kits for DNA, and about 300 resulted in a match.

DeWine mounted the effort to review untested rape kits in December 2011. The lab tests the oldest kits first because many of them are nearly two decades old. Ohio law has a 20-year statute of limitations for rape.

DeWine’s office says Cleveland police have submitted the largest number of kits, following by the Akron, Cincinnati and Toledo police departments.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office in Cleveland has received 33 indictments resulting from the testing.

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