MI survey finds 1,800 more untested rape-evidence kits

A rape kit.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general says more than 1,800 additional untested rape-evidence kits have been found at law enforcement agencies across the state.

Attorney General Bill Schuette and state police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced Thursday they’ll move forward with testing and potential investigation and prosecution. The number of kits was learned following a survey started last year by Schuette’s office.

>>Untested sexual assaults kits by agency (PDF)

With state funding, Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office tested more than 10,000 rape kits dating back decades that were found in Detroit in 2009. The new survey asked authorities in Michigan’s other 82 counties for the number of untested kits more than a year old.

According to documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8 in December, nearly half the rape kits in evidence at the Grand Rapids Police Department, dating back 15 years, were not submitted to the state police for DNA testingAfter sorting through the 403 rape kits, police found that 199 had gone untested.

The survey results also showed that 239 rape kits in evidence at the Battle Creek Police Department went untested, 113 at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and 40 at the Western Michigan University Police Department.

The survey was a first step toward the state covering the cost to eliminate an unknown backlog of untested sexual assault kits statewide.

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