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Past rape kit testing providing answers in Ohio

(Toledo News Now) -

In December of 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine requested law enforcement agencies around the state to submit all previously untested rape kits, to be tested at no charge to those agencies.

So far, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation has tested 1,331 of the 3,286 submitted kits, including 290 kits submitted by Toledo Police. That's resulted in 387 hits in the Combined DNA Index System, including six hits from Toledo.

TPD Sgt. Tim Campbell says that has the potential to unlock the mysteries to unsolved sexual assaults.

"It's a good thing," Campbell said. "Once they started running them into the computers we might end up having a hit on something that may lead us to an arrest or conviction somewhere later down the line."

While there is a 20-year statute of limitation on rape, Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates says she's glad older kits have been saved because DNA testing is now a powerful tool for solving crimes.

"The 1960s case that involved Eileen Adams, the young 14-year-old girl, kidnapped, raped and killed," Bates said. "We prosecuted that case about two years ago with DNA evidence."

Law enforcement agencies are submitting additional kits to BCI on a regular basis.      

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