A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the DNA profiles of four unknown suspects last week in rape cases reported in 1993.
The indictments stem from the testing of rape kits submitted by Cleveland police to a state lab.
In the cases from October 1993, lab analysts identified a DNA profile of the person who committed the rape. They were unable to match it to a profile of a known criminal offender in the databases.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty formed a DNA Cold Case Task Force to revisit decades-old unsolved rape cases. Because many of the cases are up against a twenty-year statute of limitations, prosecutors will use the John Doe indictments to preserve the right to prosecute the cases when and if an offender is identified.
Many of the cases were reported in Cleveland. They city has vowed to send at least 4,000 rape kits from the years 1993 through 2010 for testing.
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