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State police finish testing 10,000+ shelved rape kits

Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 02, 2015

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that Michigan State Police have finished testing more than 10,000 rape kits that were found in a Detroit warehouse more than five years ago.

The Detroit Police Department evidence kits were found in 2009.  Of the 10,087 that were tested, 2,616 of them were linked to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), according to a release from the governor’s office.

“CODIS is used to search DNA profiles obtained from crime scene evidence against DNA profiles from other crime scenes and from convicted offenders and arrestees to generate leads in cases when an association is obtained,” Gov. Snyder’s statement says.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said at the press conference that they intend to investigate and prosecute all of the cases that had CODIS matches.   Those matches had associations to people or other criminal cases in 35 states and Washington D.C., according to a release.