Ohio AG says results from nearly 6,000 rape kits led to 2,200 matches in criminal database


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's attorney general says the state's crime lab has tested nearly 6,000 rape kits as it seeks DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office says officials have received more than 9,000 previously untested rape kits from 149 law enforcement agencies. The testing has led to 2,244 DNA matches in a criminal database.

As of Jan. 1, the state has tested 5,928 rape kits.

The testing initiative was first announced in December 2011. The program offers free DNA testing to law enforcement agencies with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed.

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

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