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Backlog testing leads to 145 rape investigations

Tuesday, during a city council committee meeting Memphis police announced the first wave of untested rape kits sent off for testing have all now been tested.  (Source: WMC Action News 5) Tuesday, during a city council committee meeting Memphis police announced the first wave of untested rape kits sent off for testing have all now been tested. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Tuesday, during a city council committee meeting Memphis police announced the first wave of untested rape kits sent off for testing have all now been tested.

Memphis Police Department made its monthly update on the rape kit backlog to the Memphis City Council public safety committee. In the report, they revealed testing on the initial wave of 2,226 rape kits has been completed.

As a result of these initial tests, police say they have launched 145 investigations, 84 of which remain active, 61 of which have been closed.

Sixteen tests identified suspects who have been previously convicted of the crime.

In addition, these tests have resulted in 20 indictments, either against persons or DNA profiles.

Police say 10 victims declined to participate in the investigation and/or prosecution. Six cases are beyond the statute of limitations. Two kits contained DNA that had deteriorated beyond usability.

Police admit it is a process, but there is till a lot of work to be done. They will continue moving forward, but it will take about five years to test 12,162 kits. The department still needs more than $3 million to pay for testing.

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