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Nearly half of Idaho’s rape kits not sent to lab

Vials of evidence in a sexual assault case are labeled and sorted in this  2015 file photo. (Pat Sullivan / Associated Press)
Vials of evidence in a sexual assault case are labeled and sorted in this 2015 file photo. (Pat Sullivan / Associated Press)

The Idaho State Police released its findings last week as required under a state law enacted earlier this year.

Every law enforcement agency in the state participated in the audit, resulting in a review of around 2,500 rape kits. More than half of those kits were submitted to a lab, while nearly 540 kits still need to be tested.

Rape kits contain samples of semen, saliva or blood taken from a victim during an invasive examination that can last up to six hours.



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.