FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky auditor’s office says it will count how many sexual assault kits have never been sent to state police labs for DNA testing.
Auditor Adam Edelen says the number of untested kits could number "in the hundreds, if not thousands." The kits collect biological evidence from a sexual assault victim. Edelen said there are sometimes valid reasons for leaving a kit untested, like the evidence is unnecessary to pursue a conviction.
The General Assembly this year passed a resolution mandating that the auditor determine the number of untested kits by Nov. 1.
The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1aWprvK ) the auditor’s office is sending surveys this week to more than 400 law enforcement agencies.
State police say that there is a backlog of six to nine months on submitted rape kits.