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Wayne County to give $1 million for rape kit investigations

Nov 3, 2015

In 2013, Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy held a news conference to announce $4 million to help reduce a backlog in processing thousands of rape kits. Schuette holds a rape kit box.
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Wayne County plans to use $1 million to help investigate rape kits found six years ago in a Detroit police property storage facility.

County Executive Warren Evans announced Tuesday that the money will be allocated to Prosecutor Kym Worthy's 2015-16 budget.

The move has to be approved by county commissioners. The money would come from a delinquent tax fund.

Evans also says space will be provided in the county's Guardian Building in downtown Detroit for investigators and members of the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.

More than 10,000 of the 11,341 kits found in 2009 have been tested. Some of the sexual assaults occurred as far back as 1984.

Nearly 550 suspected serial sexual offenders have been identified, but more than 1,600 kits still have to be investigated.