- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s attorney general says the state has tested more than 5,000 rape kits as it seeks DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

A statement from Attorney General Mike DeWine says nearly 8,900 sexual assault kits have been submitted by 144 Ohio law enforcement agencies since the state’s testing initiative began in 2011.

The program offers free DNA testing to law enforcement agencies with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed. Information on any match is sent back to the appropriate law enforcement agency to see if it can advance an investigation.

DeWine’s office says the testing has led to 1,861 hits in the state’s DNA database.

In Cuyahoga County (ky-uh-HOH’-guh), prosecutors have generated more than 200 indictments due to the testing.

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