CLEVELAND - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the statewide Sexual Assault Kits Initiative two years ago.
Since testing began, thousands of kits from police departments across the state have rolled into the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The Cleveland Police Department has submitted 1,290 kits for testing, far more than any other police department in the state.
“We’re hoping it helps us identify offenders and hold them accountable for bad behavior,” said Lt. Jim McPike, special victims section.
“Our hit rate is about 30 percent of kits we are sending down we are getting hits on,” McPike said.
He said 112 hits have come from the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS, 39 have led to confirmed suspects, 57 to an unknown suspect, nine to named suspects to a different suspect and seven to unknown linked cases.
There are 16 sex crimes detectives; two are assigned to cold cases. Now, this is a new tool that might just help them solve unsolved crimes.
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