By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The crime lab director for Douglas County is resigning, months after she was cleared in an investigation into some of her work.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Tracey Ray will resign effective Dec. 31. Additional information was not released.

The sheriff’s office initiated an investigation in January regarding alleged issues with Ray’s handling of certain evidence. An independent forensics expert concluded in June that Ray did not cross-contaminate or degrade evidence.

Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler said in a news release that the department regrets Ray was on administrative leave “for so long” during the investigation and that it received press coverage.

Ray was hired in 2010 after former county crime lab chief David Kofoed was convicted of planting evidence in a Cass County double murder.

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