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Ky. auditor's office to determine how many sex assault kits haven't been tested

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  In 2005, Michelle Kuiper learned that her sexual assault case had been connected to two other open cases through DNA. The news came more than 10 years after Kuiper was pulled off her porch in Louisville and sexually assaulted. 

"I think that was the time where I felt like this was the most real, this was like now a serial person," Kuiper said. "He was an unknown person to me so I was always scared he could find me at some point." 

Curtis Boyd was arrested in 2011. It took a long time, but Kuiper's case was solved. State officials want to make sure other sexual assault victims get justice too. They also don't want victims to have to wait so many years. 

"We've got to know precisely the size of the problem were dealing with," said State Auditor Adam Edelen at a press conference Wednesday.  

Officials say right now, there's a six to nine month back log at the KSP crime lab in Frankfort for violent crimes. They don't know how many sexual assault kits have gone untested. 

"They estimate it could be hundreds if not thousands," Edelen said. 

His office is taking on this task on counting those untested kits. They'll be sending out surveys to law enforcement agencies across the state this week to find out how many sexual assault kits they have. 

The count was prompted by Senate Joint Resolution 20 sponsored by state Sen. Denise Harper Angel. 

"This count will allow the Kentucky State Police to pursue millions of dollars in grant money," Edelen said.  

The state auditor says he also plans to find out why certain kits aren't getting tested and make recommendations for reform. 

"We're gonna get the facts about what we're working with here, and then we're going to work hand-in-glove with victims, their advocates, local and state law enforcement and then the prosecutorial community to try to come up with recommendations to make it easier on everybody, who are clearly trying to do the right thing," he said.

A backlog in kits could mean more time before the people carrying out these crimes are caught. 

Edelen says he hopes to have the numbers by the fall.  

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