Northeast Ohio prosecutors will get more money and help to work through backlog of rape cases

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CLEVELAND — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to be in Cleveland to announce new investigative support and grant funding that will help prosecutors process the backlog of rape DNA kits.

DeWine's office said he'll make an announcement about the new resources Friday morning.

The help will be available to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office as it works through a backlog of rape kits that need DNA testing to try to identify suspects.

The state has been testing thousands of rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies all over Ohio to seek DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

In Cuyahoga County, prosecutors have generated more than 200 indictments due to the testing.

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