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DeWine: 6 months left in Ohio's effort to test backlog of rape kits for DNA matches


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is reminding state law enforcement agencies that they have six more months to submit untested rape kits to the state to check for possible DNA matches.

DeWine sent a letter to agencies this week reminding them of the deadline dictated by the legislation that went into effect in March. The law requires the submission of any backlogged rape kits to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

Just over 10,000 kits have been submitted as part of an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 8,000 of them submitted for possible DNA matches.

Hundreds of suspects have been indicted as a result.

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