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MPD: Needs more $, time to test rape kits

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said his department has discovered more rape kits and it will take more money and more time to test them all.

Director Armstrong told city council members Tuesday the MPD is in position of 12,165 DNA rape kits and revealed the numbers during his required monthly update to the city council.
 
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The MPD has already sent hundreds of kits for initial testing. Nearly three quarters of the kits had enough evidence to require additional DNA testing.
 
Director Armstrong told the council it could cost as much at $6 million to complete testing and it could take years to get the job done.
 
Mayor A C Wharton told the council his administration is trying to find the money to complete the project.

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