CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Attorney General announced Thursday the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has tested 10,000 rape kits for DNA.
"This is a tremendous milestone," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "The testing of these 10,000 kits has helped identify hundreds of alleged assailants, many of whom repeatedly committed violent attacks."
The 10,000 kits were tested as part of the attorney general's special initiative launched in 2011.
He asked law enforcement officials to voluntarily send their kits to BCI for DNA testing at no cost to them after he learned that many had been in possession of kits that had never been tested.
To date, authorities from 252 law enforcement agencies have sent 12,206 rape kits to BCI for testing as part of the special initiative, including many kits that were decades old.
The testing has led to 3,629 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), linking crimes to offenders, identifying serial rapists, and giving law enforcement agencies critical evidence to help solve brutal attacks.
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