New 'John Doe' rape charge in Cleveland DNA probe

CLEVELAND - A grand jury in Cleveland has returned a rape indictment against another unknown individual based on DNA genetic evidence in an attack two decades ago.

The Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the "John Doe" indictment Tuesday in the rape of a 22-year-old woman in Cleveland on April 25, 1993.

The 20-year statute of limitations would have expired Thursday without the indictment. The indictment will allow prosecution if the DNA leads to the identification of a suspect.

Cleveland police and prosecutors recently began re-investigating cases after evidence collected from victims was tested as part an initiative mounted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The Plain Dealer reports police across Ohio have sent crime labs more than 2,300 previously untested rape kits as part of the program.
 

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