- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says its forensic scientists have tested about 7,200 of the roughly 9,600 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

It’s an effort to check previously untested kits for evidence that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

The initiative announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine in 2011 offers DNA testing to law enforcement agencies with untested rape kits. DeWine says submissions have come from investigators in 170 law enforcement agencies around Ohio.

The check for matches has led to about 2,700 hits in a DNA database, and hundreds of suspects have been indicted.

Information on any match is sent back to the appropriate law enforcement agency to see if it can advance an investigation.

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