DENVER - A single city's police department possesses nearly 20 percent of the reported untested rape kits in the entire state of Colorado. Another 30 agencies haven't reported the number of untested kits in their possession.
A new state law requires police and sheriffs' departments to inventory their evidence rooms and to test old rape kits for DNA evidence. The first accounting of those kits, obtained by CALL7 Investigator Keli Rabon last month, found approximately 5,000 untested kits.
With more agencies now reporting, the latest total is up to 6,283. The majority of those newly reported kits come from Colorado Springs, which reported a total of 1,212 untested kits.
Other agencies with notable numbers of untested kits:
El Paso Co. Sheriff - 351 untested rape kits
Greeley PD - 366 untested rape kits
Aurora PD - 416 untested rape kits
Denver PD - 998 untested rape kits
Another 32 agencies have still not reported their inventory results.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is tasked with testing all of the kits; much of it will be outsourced to other labs in order to meet the law's deadline for completion by the end of 2014.
Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposed budget allocates $14 million for testing of DNA evidence from sexual assault cases.