The Michigan State Police say a new laboratory unit in Northville will focus on testing rape kits from metropolitan Detroit and officials say the dedicated crime lab should also create efficiencies that benefit victims statewide.
In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy discovered 11,000 rape kits in a police warehouse in Detroit. The kits contain physical evidence collected from sexual assault victims. They had never been tested for evidence. Some of the unsolved cases go back decades.
The new laboratory unit will have DNA experts. It’s expected to be up and running this summer.