Ohio making progress analyzing untested rape kits

Earlier this week WNWO revealed, in a special investigation, efforts by the Ohio Attorney General's to analyze thousands of untested rape kits in the state.

On Thursday, the Attorney General's Office released new numbers on their Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative that shows they are continuing to make headway.

In the two weeks since they last released data, on the initiative, Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) had received an additional 60 untested kits.

In that time they also analyzed 105 of the 3,286 total kits received since the program began.

â??I made a commitment to testing these rape kits at no charge to law enforcement,â?? said Attorney General DeWine. â??The results we are seeing are incredible. The information from the kits helps law enforcement solve old cases and, most importantly, bring justice to victims of sexual assault.â??

Of the tests, analyzed to this point, 387 have produced hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

In just the last 2 weeks, the DNA testing has lead to 45 of those CODIS hits.

Information on each CODIS hit is returned to the original jurisdiction for further investigation and possibly an arrest.

Toledo, and several other NW Ohio communities, are among the 100 Ohio police agencies that have submitted untested rape kits.

As of July 15th, the following local police agencies had submitted SAK to BCI for testing:

University of Toledo Police Dept. - 1 OHSP, Toledo Post - 1

Tiffin Police Dept. - 1 Erie County Sheriff's Dept. â?? 1

Sandusky Police Dept. - 1 Perrysburg Township Police â?? 1

Bowling Green State University - 1 Bowling Green Police Dept. - 5

Sylvania Police Sept. - 2 Sylvania Township Police Dept. â?? 5

Findlay Police Dept. - 2 Hancock County Sheriffâ??s Dept. - 5

Oregon Police Dept. 2 Wauseon Police Dept. - 4

Defiance Police Dept. - 7 Fremont Police Dept. - 14

Lucas County Sheriff's Dept. - 8 Toledo Police Department - 285