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New DNA checks on untested Ohio rape kits have found 1,000-plus matches, official says

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's attorney general says an initiative to test previously untested rape kits has led to more than 1,000 matches to DNA profiles in a law enforcement database.

A statement from Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than 6,400 sexual assault kits have been submitted by 125 law enforcement agencies since the program began in 2012. More than 3,200 kits have been tested in the ongoing effort to solve more reported sexual assaults with the help of DNA matches.

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

DeWine says the testing initiative has led to dozens of indictments, including nearly 100 in northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, which includes Cleveland.

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