Most of Detroit's backlogged rape kits have been tested

Jul 17, 2015

Most of Detroit's backlogged rape kits have been tested.
Credit Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office

Authorities say more work remains after DNA testing has been done on thousands of sexual assault kits discovered in a Detroit police property storage facility in 2009.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who has championed efforts to get the kits tested, recently gave an update.

About 10,000 of the 11,341 kits, some dating to 1984, have been tested or are in the process of being tested.

More than 2,000 DNA matches have been made, including 456 suspected serial rapists.

Detroit kits make up the majority of those awaiting testing.

Worthy says it's "a high priority."

Michigan law enforcement agencies earlier this year said they planned to put more resources behind efforts to investigate leads and bring charges.