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Sexual assault kit testing update

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In tonight's crime alert: Sexual assault kit testing leads to 766 hits. Ohio had a large number of kits that were never tested.      

Toledo police say they received some information on case from 2000. Now all they have to see if they can find the suspect

Police say in April of 2000 .. the victim and her cousin ran out of gas and were at a Clark gas station on summit and chestnut. The gas station is now a Sunoco which is closed. A man offered to drive the victim home. According to the police report the 35 year old victim assumed her cousin knew the suspect.

"She ended up being raped instead. We were able to get some DNA we did get a DNA profile back on this this month," said Toledo Sgt. Joe Heffernan.  

This case is just one of thousands of untested rape kits that have been submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. BCI has received nearly 5000 kits from more than a hundred police departments. Defiance submitted 7, Findlay 10, Fremont 14, Lucas County 8 and Toledo 302.

They got hits. Defiance received 1 hit, Findlay 2, Fremont  2, Lucas County one and Toledo 56.
Sgt. Joe Heffernan says a lot of the cases submitted by TPD are cases of rape suspects not convicted by DNA.

"What we've been doing on those cases is sending in DNA samples to BCI just to sure up the cases and the convictions in these matters so the vast majority of those 56 hits are people that are already servicing time for rape," said Sgt. Heffernan

Many of the kits tested are one or two decades old. The testing is free.    

"Now we have a data base that has lots and lots of information and all of the people that are incarcerated and we have their DNA so this is a very very good thing that is happening," said Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates.

TPD detectives believe in time they may be able to solve the rape case they got a hit on.

"This case here a good example of one that we sent in and we were able to get a profile we haven't matched that profile with somebody yet but my guess is that we probably will someday," said the officer.
   
BCI has at total of ten forensic scientists to assist with testing the old kits so that they can be tested as quickly as possible.

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