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Iowa analyzing 4,200 untested rape kits

State and local officials hope to soon launch an aggressive effort to analyze 4,265 untested rape kits for potential evidence that could help prosecutors identify and charge the assailants, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Tuesday.

Results of a yearlong audit, made public by Miller, found that the untested rape kits are stored in city police departments and county sheriff’s offices across Iowa, with nearly two in three at Iowa’s nine largest cities and some dating to the 1990s.

The statewide initiative, funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, is part of a nationwide effort to address a backlog of untested kits.

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