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GBI hopes to have rape kit backlog cleared by end of year; 1 Gainesville case remains
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is down to double-digits in terms of the thousands of sexual assault nurse examiner kits submitted following a 2016 law change.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said only 73 of the more than 2,700 previously unsubmitted kits still need to be tested.

“The projected timeframe for completion of those kits is the end of this year.”

Miles said only one kit from Gainesville Police is still outstanding, though they could not release further details on the kit.

In April, the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits from Gainesville/Hall County was 11. GBI Deputy public affairs director Bahan Rich said 177 kits were submitted from Hall County-area law enforcement since the passage of Senate Bill 304 in 2016.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said he was unaware of any cases reinvestigated after testing of the kits submitted from this area.

Senate Bill 304, which became the “Compassionate Care for Victims of Sexual Assault Act,” required law enforcement agencies to submit the kits with 30 days to the GBI.

Rape Response, a Gainesville nonprofit focused on supporting survivors of sexual assault across Northeast Georgia, as well as members of law enforcement and the Hall County court system are on a cold case team tasked with reviewing any cases that come back with any DNA matches to law enforcement databases.

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